The work is to be 6 pages with three to five sources, with in-text citations and a reference page. Contents that are threatening, obscene, trigger violence, and hate are prohibited from being posted by any user, according to Facebook’s statement of rights and responsibilities. If this policy is violated, Facebook has a right to remove the content as soon as it is posted and there is no room for appeal whatsoever. Certain removal or lack, sometimes hesitations, of removal has drawn heavy controversy. According to Stecklow, (n.p.), a photo was posted on Facebook and was shared 229 times. There were allegations that Facebook tolerated hate speech since it was used effectively as a tool to spread hate speech against the outnumbered Muslims in Myanmar. The photo was reported but Facebook rejected the proposal to remove the picture on grounds that it met their standards, therefore, there was no need to take it down. After a prolonged persuasion, Facebook gave in and removed it. This was just one instance among many more. The thought that Facebook was against taking down a picture, that caused violence and promoted hate yet they have the mandate to remove it without any consequence or incurring costs, raises eyebrows. There is no other way to explain why there was a delay to take urgent action other than to conclude that Facebook is irresponsible in controlling what is posted on their site. It is an obligation that Facebook must take to clearly draw a line between peaceful protest and the promotion of violent acts.
Judging people depending on their skin colour rather than the content of their character is a common habit and nowadays it has spread, even on Facebook. Jakubowicz confirms that targets are often harassed on the Internet (46). Racism incidents are rampant on social media. Anonymity on these social media platforms provides the means necessary to condemn other races without the fear of direct confrontation. Social media only provides support to existing relationships. Social media offers no solutions to social problems. instead, they reinforce them, for instance, racism. It is only in Social media where words can be carelessly thrown around otherwise they would never come out on a face-to-face situation. This clearly depicts the true human nature. Racism may cause mental issues. Victims have been reported to be stressful and depressed, this may lead to hypertension. Health disparities phenomenon is influenced by racism experiences. Facebook, as a social media platform, has often been accused of showing less concern than expected in enforcing their policies, such as those that are against racist. Racism also creates a sense of inferiority among the victims (Collins and Williams, 496). Most of the cases that have been flagged for attention have been ignored. Though Facebook has content reviewers, it has admitted posts that are racist. Kubheka, (n.p.) revealed that a certain Facebook post was exposed in which judge Jansen alleged that sexual assault was mostly associated with black culture. Though she was suspended from her court duties, the thought that such a post slipped through Facebook’s content reviewers is a disturbing one.
Since social media efficiently broaden the audience, it is a norm to engage Facebook in political campaigns so as to sway voters to a particular side. Cauwels and Sornette confirmed that Facebook still has the potential to further its growth (56). With capable tools such as Facebook live, it is possible to reach out to voters and give them the opportunity to ask questions while answers are given immediately. For this reason, Facebook has a huge impact on the outcome of an election. . .