Categories: News

Facebook Allowed Target Advertising to ‘Jew Haters’

Facebook Promoting Anti-Semitic Advertising?

They just don’t seem capable of avoiding controversy at the moment. That being said, this most recent revelation is mind-blowing, even by Facebook gaff standards. Before you ask again, yes you did read that title correctly.

So, what have they done this time? Well, a report via CNET reports that Facebook was allowing for key word advertising searched which included antisemitic phrases. Like what you might be asking?

Such examples included:

  • Jew Hater
  • How to burn Jews
  • History of why Jews ruin the world

Very shocking stuff and clearly a highly embarrassing thing to come out of social media website.

We recently reported how Facebook had hired over 3000 staff to specifically deal with ‘hate speech’. This apparently did not include their own in-house practices.

Advertising revenue is obviously quite an important factor for Facebook and as such, targeted advertising is a critical matter. This antisemitic targeted advertising certainly takes the shine off their recent record profits. Albeit, this type of targeted advertising was not deliberate.

Please tell me they are not still doing this?

No, they are not. Better late than never I guess. There is, however, understandably a lot of pressure to understand how these keywords made their listings at all. They, after all, highly controversial.

Automatic generation based on user inputs is being blamed for the incident. In fairness, a fairly legitimate and believable excuse, but never the less, still very embarrassing.

Rob Leathern, product management director at Facebook has said: “Our community standards strictly prohibit attacking people based on their protected characteristics, including religion, and we prohibit advertisers from discriminating against people based on religion and other attributes, however, there are times where content is surfaced on our platform that violates our standards.”

Maybe Facebook needs to have a quick glance over those guidelines again.

So, yes, very likely a genuine mistake. Mark Zuckerberg himself is Jewish. Therefore it would be ironic if the social media giant was genuinely antisemitic. It still remains, however, another embarrassing matter for Facebook to deal with.

 

Mike Sanders

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

Intel Unveil its Raptor Lake Desktop Processors – Core i9-13900K = $589(?)

Intel has formally announced the launch of its new upcoming Raptor Lake (Raptor Lake-S) desktop…

10 hours ago

Intel Confirms Arc A770 to Release on October 12th for $329

After months and months of speculation, and more than a few apparent delays, Intel Arc…

10 hours ago

Where to Watch the Intel Innovation (Raptor Lake/Arc Launch?) Livestream!

Intel is officially kicking off its Innovation event today at 5 PM UK time and…

11 hours ago

Nvidia 40XX 12VHPWR Adapters WILL NOT Blow Up Your PSU! – Video

Earlier this month, information appeared online from the PCI-SIG (effectively the I/O hardware cabling regulator)…

12 hours ago

Gigabyte M32UC 32″ Curved 4K 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

The biggest compromise for most when purchasing a new monitor is often the price, so…

15 hours ago

Amazon UK Leaks(?) Intel Raptor Lake Processor Prices

Intel is expected to officially launch its new 13th-gen Raptor Lake desktop processors later today…

20 hours ago