Advocacy groups urge social media to ‘shut down hate speech’ after Buffalo shooting


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A coalition of advocacy and civil rights groups has put together a list of demands for social media companies in the wake of the Buffalo shooting.

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The demands underscore how social media companies are facing more pressure to tackle hate speech on its platform.

A coalition of civil rights and advocacy groups on Thursday urged social media companies to do more to tackle hate speech on their platforms more than a week after a white gunman killed 10 Blacks in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

“The tragic murder of 10 people in New York City was motivated by the racist and hurtful replacement theory that has spread like wildfire across mainstream social media and is amplified by millions of television viewers. cable television,” the Stop Hate for Profit coalition said in a statement. statement. “It’s time for social media platforms to end hate speech.”

The replacement theory is a false conspiracy theory that American elites attempt to replace native Americans with non-white immigrants who share their political views.

The alleged shooter, Payton Gendron, supposedly broadcast filming on live streaming service Twitch. The company said it removed the video within two minutes of the violence starting, but by then links to the videos surfaced on other platforms such as Facebook. The shooter also discussed the replacement theory in a 180-page document posted online.

Social media platforms have rules against hate speech, but advocacy groups say they are not properly enforcing their policies. The coalition, known for a grassroots campaign in 2020 in which major advertisers suspended spending on Facebook, says Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, Discord, YouTube and Reddit must do more to combat white supremacist content.

Coalition calls on platforms to ban repeat offenders such as Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, remove content about grand replacement theory, consistently enforce content policies, improve algorithms to better identify supremacists to train moderators to recognize white supremacist speech and create tools to detect language used by white supremacists. The demands show how advocacy groups are putting more pressure on social media to better tackle hate speech.

In a 23-page document, the coalition provided examples of replacement theory content shared on various social media platforms.

Fox News, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, Discord, YouTube and Reddit did not immediately respond to requests.

Stop Hate for Profit includes groups such as the ADL, Color of Change, NAACP and Common Sense Media.


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