July 13, 2020

What's in a Word? Platforms Speak Out

Merriam-Webster defines "Hate Speech" as "speech expressing hatred of a particular group of people." In recent weeks, various social platforms have shared their stance on how they define hate speech, and the actions they are taking. Here's what's happened at-a-glance:

FACEBOOK: After hundreds of brands joined the #StopHateForProfit campaign by opting out of ads, Facebook responded with a memo further defining their stance on hate speech. Read it here.

TWITTER: Twitter users have noticed certain tweets have been hidden or had a disclaimer attached to tweets that they said have violated their policy. Source:

REDDIT: Moderators at Reddit have urged the company to take more action. Reddit eventually responded by sharing changes to their content policy which resulted in 2,000 subreddits to be removed immediately.

Keep in mind the nature of social media platforms - they are and will always be constantly evolving based on societal needs. Some of these changes are also coming from governments, like France, which will begin fining platforms for not taking down dangerous content.

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-Nancy Oganezov
Senior Community Editor