It is not a satire.
Facebook’s algorithm flagged an 81-year-old grandmother’s comment about knitted pigs as an example of “hate speech” and threatened her with a permanent account suspension.
Yes, it’s not a joke.
After losing her husband last year, Rita Rich-Mulcahy, a retired teacher living in Australia, opened her Facebook page to share with the world her love for knitting pigs and raise money for The Smith Family charity, which helps disadvantaged children.
After posting a picture of her homemade pigs, Rich-Mulcahy referred to them as “white pigs” and “high-viz pigs,” leading to threats to delete her account for “hate speech.”
“It may be a small thing to most people, but for someone who has never faced a threat like that, it’s scary to be accused of hate speech,” Rich-Mulcahy said.
Facebook issued a statement claiming that its automated system that flagged the comments was a “mistake” that its AI “sometimes” makes.