Facebook's Kenosha Guard Militia Event Was Reported 455 Times. Moderators Said It Was Fine.

Zuckerberg said that the reason the militia page and an associated event remained online after a shooting that killed two people was due to "an operational mistake."

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.

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3 Responses:

  1. MattyJ says:

    All that posturing and not a single thought or prayer for the murderees.

  2. Dude says:

    Zuck: "We were responsible for Arab Spring! Yes, us at FB and no one else! We're the champions of free speech!"

    {Nazis, gun-nuts, and anti-vaxxers flood the site}

    Zuck: "Don't blame us; we're just the messengers."

  3. Karellen says:

    Also, if you can stop using Facebook, stop using Facebook.

    There are a lot of people who'd love to stop using Facebook, but can't, because they need to connect with you and that's where you are. If you can make the change first, you'll help pave the way for everyone else.

    You stopped using MySpace and Friends Reunited and Bebo and Orkut and Six Degrees and Vine. You can stop using Facebook too.

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