Mendoza School of Business

Facebook: We’re better at policing nudity than hate speech

Published: May 16, 2018 / Author: Associated Press

Timothy Carone was interviewed for an Associated Press story on Facebook’s self-assessment of its ability to police offensive content and fake accounts. He is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Information Technology, Analytics, and Operations at Mendoza College of Business. Read the full story. 


It’s not surprising that Facebook’s automated programs have the greatest difficulty trying to figure out differences between permissible opinions and despicable language that crosses the line, said Timothy Carone, who teaches about technology at the University of Notre Dame. “It’s like trying to figure out the equivalent between screaming ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater when there is none and the equivalent of saying something that is uncomfortable but qualifies as free speech,” Carone said.