Activists warn 95% of hate speech in Arabic is ignored on Facebook



Facebook only removes a tiny fraction of the hate speech in Arabic posted on its platforms, as its systems are heavily geared towards monitoring English content, activists have warned.

Jonathan Greenblatt of the US-based Anti-Defamation League said the social media giant’s artificial intelligence or artificial intelligence filter – designed to automatically remove offensive or illegal content – was deeply flawed in most areas where English is not the primary language.

“It’s quite astonishing to consider that some 87% of their AI is focused on hateful content in English,” said Greenblatt, “despite the fact that English-speaking users – certainly American users – are somewhere in there. around 10% of their user base.

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“From what I understand, the numbers on their ability to understand hate speech in Arabic are staggering. They estimate that they receive less than five percent of hate speech in Arabic.

These low levels of detection are important, he said, due to organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which make extensive use of social media to organize their activities.

He was speaking on this week’s episode of the Jewish News Podcast, which examines the spread of anti-Jewish hatred online and the failure of social media platforms, including Facebook, to eliminate it.

Greenblatt suggested that if organizations like Facebook weren’t able to control their own content in other languages, they shouldn’t be operating in those regions.

“If Facebook does not have the technical capacity to detect items that present a clear and present danger to the Jewish community and other communities in these places, why are they allowed to operate there?”

“You wouldn’t allow an automaker in England if they didn’t shift the steering ability to the side of the car. “

This week’s edition of the Jewish News podcast also features contributions from Imran Ahmed of the Center for Countering Digital Hate and Daniel Sugarman of the Council of Deputies. u Listen on


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