Four million. It is the number of pieces of content on Facebook that the platform claims it has acted to contain hate speech from January to March this year, according to its latest transparency report. (And to put a fine point on it, it's just the content it actually caught.) In a press release this afternoon, Vice President of Global Operations, Justin Osofsky, discussed a plan to manage a subset of moderators specifically charged with handle hat spread.
"We are launching a pilot program where some reviewers specialize in hate speech," Osofsky said. "Right now, most of our reviewers see content across the spectrum. By focusing on hate speech enforcement, these reviewers will establish a deeper understanding of how it manifests and be able to make more precise calls."  Facebook stated that instead of hiring new staff for this effort, existing moderators would be moved over. "The pilot has already launched […] with only a few dozen reviewers. We need to start slowly so as not to interfere with other areas of work and ensure that we do it properly in both process and support," said spokesman Gizmodo. "At the same time, we think about how we provide the necessary support for these reviewers and whether it limits the amount of time, additional support, or other means." Facebook recently published increases to pay and benefit for its moderators after years of critical criticism covering the working conditions of content audits.
Facebook's report shows that the amount of hate speech traded has grown steadily. Whether it's a result of Facebook better enforcing its own rules or an uptick in this form of content posted, it's not clear from the numbers listed. In any case, these figures are almost certain to spike in the company's next transparency report: In March, the company finally decided white nationalism and white separatism in its definition of hate speech.
While Facebook and hell, all other tech firm touts AI as a catchall solution to the massive scale moderation issue, reveal the transparency report that shades of hate speech make it harder to act proactively. Although Facebook claims that it has captured more than 99 percent of spam, terrorist propaganda and the content of children on the platform before users flag it, the new transparency reports state that less than two-thirds of hate posts are made in the same way before reporting of users. Therefore, one assumes the need for a specialized hate speech.
Of course, the scale of Facebook makes it mature for abuse, both by hate speech and disinformation variety – and it does not even mention the company's own repeated inability to adequately secure consumer data. Politicians such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, as well as early Facebook characters Robert McNamee and Chris Hughes, have all urged the company to be broken up by antitrust law – the only suggestion that put Zuckerberg out on today's call.
To assert that the most pressing issues today would not be remedied by removing Facebook's various products and business goals, CEO said halfway that "the amount of capital we can invest in all the security systems that go into what we are talking about today [is] bigger than our entire earnings in the year before we went public, in 2012 – just this decade. Over the course of a decade, this company's success has enabled us to fund these efforts on a massive level. I think the size of our budget going towards our security systems is greater than Twitter's total revenue this year. "
" I really believe the fight against harmful content is an incredibly important , "added Zuckerberg. "We are fully invested in this and we will continue to do even more and that is a bit of my view of this."