A letter to the Facebook Press Office
30. 6. 2014
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Subject: Why do you not monitor properly hate speech pages in languages other than English?
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:46:20 +0200
From: Jan Culik
Dear Sir or Madam,
It has transpired from my research that in spite of your public declarations, you do not seem to monitor properly hate speech facebook pages which operate in languages other than English. Could you please explain, for instance, why you have not removed the Czech language page "We do not want islam in the Czech Republic":
Another example: the facebook page Anti-cikánská skupina (The Anti-Roma Group) has a picture at the top where a child asks: "Daddy, why do no Roma people appear in Star Trek?" Father answers: "This is because the series is from the future, son."
This "community facebook page" has this description. "This page is devoted to those who have a problem with Roma in the Czech and Slovak Republics and want something to be done about this."
Why does Facebook not take this racist page down?
Could you please advise what procedures there are for monitoring hate speech in languages other than English and why you keep the above mentioned pages, which I have listed as instances (many more could be given) on your servers?
Thank you very much
(Dr.) Jan Culik
University of Glasgow