Facebook’s got a f#!k load of things we’re not allowed to say


Facebook’s got a f#!k load of things we’re not allowed to say

Social media site has compiled world's largest list of obscenities in almost every language from hate posts

Harry de Quetteville

Facebook has amassed a list of swear words believed to be the world’s largest, after trawling billions of posts for hate speech left it with a compendium of profanities in almost every language.

The social media network – with more than 2.3 billion users – has long struggled to moderate the torrent of new content it publishes every day. It now deploys a combination of artificial intelligence and 15,000 human reviewers to block anything “that describes or negatively targets people with slurs”. In doing so, however, it has generated an immense list of foul language which its human “reviewers” can refer to in order to enforce what Facebook calls its “community standards”.

The list’s existence was confirmed by a Facebook source, who added that it would never be made public “to avoid people gaming the system by misspelling the word in a way that it is still recognisable”...

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