Facebook’s secret rule book is a 1,400 page document that is the byproduct of several dozen Facebook employees who gather every other Tuesday to brainstorm rules outlining acceptable speech. As the The New York Times recently reported, the employees brainstorm rules over acceptable speech and those guidelines are then sent out to over 7,500 moderators around the world.
However, as Clarion Project has also reported, many Facebook employees are young and often unable to find nuance in conversation.
As Jasmin Mujanovic, an expert on the Balkans, told The Daily Caller:
Facebook’s role has become so hegemonic, so monopolistic, that it has become a force unto itself. No one entity, especially not a for-profit venture like Facebook, should have that kind of power to influence public debate and policy.
Clarion Project’s National Correspondent Shireen Qudosi has also been at the forefront of this issue by raising critical questions on the alarming censorship reach of Silicon Valley, including:
The problem doesn’t stop with Facebook but is a larger question of what power Silicon Valley has in shaping dialogue.
Google has long had an issue with censorship within its organization, while also helping authoritarian foreign governments clamp down on free speech in their countries. Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company will take a moral stand against hate speech — but who decides what speech is acceptable? Our tech overlords?
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