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Facebook begins asking if every post you see is hate speech

On Tuesday, Facebook users began seeing a new “hate speech” report feature roll out by default on the primary news feed. Curiously, however, the new feature didn’t emerge under one of the site’s myriad “hamburger” and ellipses drop-down menus, nor did it pop up as a one-time warning at the top of the site after a fresh login.

Instead, Facebook began asking, using a yellow “warning” exclamation box and off-set text, if every post on users’ news feeds contained hate speech.

The “feature” was apparently live for less than half an hour on Tuesday. Some (but not all) Ars staffers were able to grab screenshots of news feeds constantly asking the same hate-speech question on every post. While testing this change we discovered, thanks to the site’s standard “refresh as you scroll” system, that the incessant prompt had been removed from every FB post by noon ET.

Choosing “no” makes the prompt go away with no further information, while choosing “yes” loads a pop-up box with follow-up questions and an apparently incomplete UI.

Source: Ars Technica