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Extremism Fight Extends to Facebook

Check out this story from this week’s edition of Ministry Briefing!

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced that Facebook will be partnering with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the Amadeu Antonio Foundation in order to fight extremism online. While Facebook has been used for activists to rally together, it has also been used as a tool for hate. Sandberg noted that we need to do more than delete offensive content.

Click here to read the full article.

Why this matters to church leaders:

Online hate speech and extremism can be personally devastating and potentially dangerous, but how far should companies go to regulate content from users?

  • Is this a good thing? Facebook has options where users can report abuse and hate speech, but how far should Facebook go toward defining what is hate speech and which accounts should be suspended?
  • What are the implications for Christians? If a group begins to label Christian beliefs as “hateful,” is there a chance that social media companies could begin to remove what Christians share?
  • Which interventions are most effective? Sheryl Sandberg notes that Facebook has a responsibility beyond deleting content. She plans to partner with groups who will work toward resolving the causes of hate speech.

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