By Tait Mac DonaldKey points: Facebook says its “shared content” feature will no longer be able to track who has posted content to its platformThe social media giant has said it will remove content from people who engage in a “hate crime” for the first time in the history of its platform, and it has warned that sharing hate speech with news outlets would be illegal.
A Facebook spokesperson told The Associated Press on Monday that its “content sharing” feature would no longer track who had posted content, and that the company would remove it from news websites.
The spokesperson said Facebook would “continue to use its tools to combat hate and abuse on our platform, including improving detection and reporting of hate crimes and providing tools to help businesses and individuals identify and report suspicious activity”.
The move comes after Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg was forced to apologize in March after he shared a meme with the caption: “If you are white, go fuck yourself.”
Mr Zuckerberg has since been criticised for sharing the meme, saying the comments were “disrespectful and unacceptable”.
He later apologized for the offensive content and said he would never have shared the meme without the support of the community.
However, a spokesperson said in a statement: “As a global leader in media, we value diversity, and have a long history of fighting hate in the online world.
We are continuing to work closely with authorities in many countries to address hate crimes.””
The content sharing feature that was enabled for the purposes of our shared content platform was designed for users to share and engage with content from others on our platforms.
We have now disabled it.”