Facebook will study if insult against Duque is hate speech
The advisory council of Facebook, an independent body that acts as a tribunal on the content that is removed from the social network, announced on Tuesday that will study whether calling the president of Colombia, Iván Duque “fag”, is a hate speech and therefore cannot be said on the platform.
In a statement, the council explained that it has accepted the case after a Colombian regional media outlet – it did not specify which one – appealed Facebook’s decision to withdraw an informational video on citizen protests in June in which protesters insulted the president.
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Specifically, in the images you could hear how citizens dedicated Duque chants like “stop being the fag on tv”, a term that Facebook moderators found to violate their policies against hate speech.
Thus, the social network proceeded to withdraw the video, estimating that the term “fag” describes “negatively people with offensive words and insults based on protected characteristics such as sexual orientation.” The word “fag” is included in Facebook’s list of banned terms.
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The video in which the protesters dedicated this song to the Colombian president was viewed 19,000 times, shared by more than 70 users and reported by another five.
After the content was removed, the Colombian media appealed the decision to the advisory council claiming that it is a news event that does not seek to harm anyone, but only to show the reality of street protests in Colombia. He also defended the publication of the video by ensuring that “Young Colombians express themselves without violence and demand rights using their usual language”.
The protests in Colombia, which were initially called in April to reject a tax reform by the government of President Iván Duque, led to one of the worst recent crises in the country and, despite the fact that most of them passed peacefully, in cities such as Bogotá and Cali were marked by violence.
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In a report, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) denounced that the response of the Colombian State was characterized by “the excessive and disproportionate use of force and that in many cases the action included lethal force. “
The IACHR expressed its concern over the high number of reported disappearances during the demonstrations in which more than 7,000 people were arrested through the figure of transfer for protection. Figures on the number of deaths during the protests vary according to the sources, but generally stand at several dozen people.
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