The Facebook hate-fuelled frenzy that’s been building up over the last few months has hit a fever pitch, as members of the community have taken to sharing information about their friends and family.
While the internet has grown so much since the beginning of the year, it still doesn’t have a monopoly on hate-filled posts.
While there’s still plenty of hate to be found on social media, this is the first time Facebook has had a chance to put its stamp on hate.
Here’s what you need to know about the latest and greatest hate on the web.
Why Facebook is having such a bad year?
This year’s event is the latest in a long line of Facebook hate events.
In March 2017, more than 1,400 hate groups posted their hate-fueled posts online, triggering a worldwide manhunt and a crackdown on those behind the posts.
In June, Facebook shut down a controversial Facebook group called “Women’s United for Free Expression” that was encouraging men to post their support for female genital mutilation (FGM).
The same month, Facebook closed down a forum that was hosting hundreds of posts from people who supported women’s rights, and then the same month the company shut down an online forum where members of a group called the “Anti-Capitalist Women of America” were sharing their opinions about how to fight back against the “Capitalist Empire.”
The number of hate groups on Facebook has gone through the roof since last year, with more than half of all hate-related posts reported to the social network.
While some of those posts have been removed, it’s clear that Facebook is not stopping the tide of hate and has decided to take a more active role in keeping tabs on hate groups.
What’s new this year?
It’s been a long year for Facebook.
Earlier this year, the company launched a new ad-supported program that allows users to post content directly from the site.
But in 2018, Facebook took another step forward by adding a feature called the Global Safety Initiative, which allows people to report hateful content they have seen in the News Feed.
These reports will then be reviewed and action taken against hate groups, while also enabling Facebook to identify other hate groups that may be spreading hate across the internet.
It’s a step that’s expected to be more frequent as the year wears on.
Facebook has also added new features to its hate reporting tool that will allow it to flag posts and pages that are inciting violence against women, children, people with disabilities and LGBT people.
Facebook says that these new features will be used to help police and governments tackle hate crimes, which is important given that it is becoming increasingly difficult for internet users to report hate crimes.
What you need are tools to report this, and you can sign up for Facebook’s free report tool here