A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed the site partners with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to help police hate speech on its site. The spokesperson added that Facebook has its own definition of hate that differs from the SPLC’s.
In an interview, Facebook spokesperson Ruchika Budhraja told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the SPLC is one of the “external experts and organization” that Facebook relies on in order to shape its hate speech and hate group policies.
As the Media Research Center outlined in its report, “CENSORED! How Online Media Companies Are Suppressing Conservative Speech,” the SPLC has been influencing social media companies. The SPLC has labeled conservative organizations as “hate groups” because of their positions, which was cited by a manwhen he shot up the Family Research Council. The SPLC has been criticized for having more than six times its annual budget “and $328 million in net assets on its 2015 Form 990,” wrote the Free Beacon.
Budhraja made it clear that Facebook differs from the SPLC when it comes to what speech and groups it finds acceptable on the site. This has led the SPLC to condemn Facebook for not being tough enough on what it deems hate.