Users face consequences as Facebook struggles to filter hate speech


Kenny Sharpe writes at the Globe & Mail:

Last month, Kate Hansen woke up in her home on Vancouver Island and started going about her routine, which included a check-in with Facebook. She was stumped to find that she could no longer post anything or read any messages.

Hansen, 40, had a pretty good idea that her account suspension was because of one of two posts. The first was related to a comment expressing her opposition to Facebook recently suspending the accounts of other lesbians for using the word “dyke” on the social network. The second was a comment she made in the closed, members-only Facebook group, Radical Lesbian Feminists, about trying to gather a group of women to travel from Vancouver Island to Vancouver for that city’s annual Pride event. “Our own dyke march,” she wrote.

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