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Ben Sasse grills Mark Zuckerberg on how Facebook defines 'hate speech

Glenn Beck

What's going on? 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered for his platform in Washington this week. In Tuesday's congressional hearing, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) asked Zuckerberg what Facebook would define as "hate speech" and quizzed him on whether or not protecting users from hate speech would result in the censorship of pro-life voices.

The dangers of Facebook censorship:

"Facebook may decide it needs to police a whole bunch of speech that I think America might be better off not having policed by one company that has a really big and powerful platform," Sasse said.

How did Zuckerberg respond? 

The Facebook CEO didn't have a clear response on the definition of "hate speech" and instead pointed to artificial intelligence as the answer.

Glenn's take: 

If you don't know how to define "hate speech," how are you going to teach AI to recognize it? What types of speech will be filtered out by Facebook's algorithm?

"There's no reason to fear AI," Glenn said. "Fear the goals that AI is given."

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