The event associated with the Kenosha Guard page, however, was flagged to Facebook at least 455 times after its creation, according to an internal report viewed by BuzzFeed News, and had been cleared by four moderators, all of whom deemed it "non-violating." The page and event were eventually removed from the platform on Wednesday -- several hours after the shooting.
"To put that number into perspective, it made up 66% of all event reports that day," one Facebook worker wrote in the internal "Violence and Incitement Working Group" to illustrate the number of complaints the company had received about the event.
A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment. [...]
After militia gathered in Kenosha on Tuesday night, a 17-year-old with a rifle killed two protesters. Facebook has maintained that the suspect, whose Facebook and Instagram profiles were taken down after the incident, had no direct connection with the Kenosha Guard page or event. [...]
"This post provides more details around what happened and changes we are making to detect and investigate similar events sooner," the worker wrote. "This is a sobering reminder of the importance of the work we do, especially during this charged period."
Imagine screwing up in a way that leads to a historic, shattering act of deadly violence -- due to your own gross negligence, cost-cutting, political toadying, and inhumane labor conditions -- and then chalking it up as a "sobering reminder of the importance of the work we do."
Here's a sobering reminder for you:
If you work for Facebook, you are a white supremacist.
If you have a "friend" who works at Facebook, cut them out of your life, like you would your racist cousin.
You can do it. I believe in you.