In its latest attack on free speech, Facebook is now paying bonuses to employees for tackling social issues which include “hate speech” and “misinformation.”
According to Fortune, the change to the bonus structure was announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday at a meeting held at the company’s Menlo Park headquarters.
Employee bonuses were previously calculated based on user growth and product quality. However, in last week’s earning call, Zuckerberg has made it clear that tackling “hate speech” and “misinformation” are core priorities for the company in 2019.
Unfortunately, as with most policies around policing speech, “hate speech” and “misinformation” are not clearly defined, so this is likely to lead to increased censorship on the Facebook platform.
This comes at a time when big tech firms seem desperate to censor and suppress the content on their platforms. Yesterday Facebook purged more pages associated with Alex Jones and Infowars. YouTube also recently suggested that the dislike button may be going away as it attempts to silence criticism on its video sharing platform.