Facebook CEO: Our failure to remove the Kenosha militia page was an “operational error”

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The page is clearly violated Facebook (FB)The rules for fighting violent militias, Zuckerberg admitted in a video posted Friday on his Facebook profile, and that “a group of people” even reported the page before the murder of two protesters, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber.

Last week, Facebook announced it would crack down on militia organizations that advocate violence or raise the potential for violence. But during its first week of implementation, the lack of enforcement of the policy led to violent messages being broadcast on the platform directly related to the events in Kenosha, where protests erupted after the shooting of Jacob Blake by the police.

“What’s going on in Kenosha… is really, really disturbing,” Zuckerberg said in the video.

A Facebook investigation of the militia page found no evidence that the page or event it was promoting related to the 17-year-old accused of committing the murders, Zuckerberg said.

But Facebook contractors who received the initial reports from users on the militia page did not “pick it up”, he said.“On the second review, doing it more sensitively, the Dangerous Organizations team recognized that it violated policies, and we removed it,” Zuckerberg said.

But by then, the armed event the page was promoting had received at least 2,600 responses and had drawn the attention of at least one right-wing conspiracy website.

Zuckerberg said Facebook is now “proactive in finding content” that praises the shoot.

“We will continue to enforce our policies,” he said, “and continue to evolve policies to be able to identify more potentially dangerous organizations and improve our execution in order to keep moving forward. the front.

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