Facebook Hate Speech Feature Was Released Accidentally

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Scroll to the bottom for Facebook's response.

On Tuesday, Facebook users began seeing a new "hate speech" report feature roll out by default on the primary news feed.

People saw the question appear on innocuous posts, including one from The Bad Apple bar in Chicago talking about menu items.

The button asked users: "Does this contain hate speech?" Each post also gives the option to dismiss the question with a tiny "x" box to the right of the answers.

In what appeared to be a universal feature added to every Facebook account, a notification appeared below each post in an individual's timeline asking, "Does this post contain hate speech?" with "Yes" and "No" buttons.

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"We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics - race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disability or disease", Facebook said.

And for the Family Research Council.

Some did not take kindly to this option.

The spokesperson said the company was conducting an "internal test" in an attempt to understand "different types of speech, including speech we thought would not be hate".

Despite not being a permanent feature just yet, this brief trial run of the hate speech button does raise some concerning questions for Facebook users. Its launch was described as a "bug". Here's an example.and I'm not sure, but those onions look a little aggressive and hateful don't you think?

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