Itâ€™s Thursday, so thereâ€™s another small scandal in the tech world. Hate groups that Facebook had booted from its platform after the murder of Heather Heyer have slithered back into the blue-and-white universe, The Guardian reported. The Southern Poverty Law Center gave an exasperated quote; Facebook forcefully averred, â€œAs organized hate groups, they have no place on our platform.â€� But the weird thing is: Before the Guardian reporter Julia Carrie Wong contacted the companyâ€”which is worth around $600 billion, has roughly 17,000 employees dedicated to content moderation, and has been talking about working on these problems for two and a half yearsâ€”the pages were very much on the platform.
It recalled so many other minor tech scandals, any one of which has been written off as an â€œedge case,â€� as this â€œmistake,â€� or that â€œmistake,â€� as an â€œerror,â€� as just â€œplayful,â€� or as a component of an acceptable error rate. There are countless more of these situations, only some of which even rise to newsworthiness.