Shortly after the ProPublica report came out, Slate reported its own success placing similar ads targeting interests in terms like "Kill Muslimic Radicals," "Ku-Klux-Klan," "Jew Killing Weekly Magazine" and "Nazi Party (Canada)." The ads were approved in less than one minute, Slate reported, noting that the specific terms ProPublica used were no longer available.
Facebook did not deny the ProPublica report, but representatives contacted Rare.us to insist that the hateful terms were a product of descriptions users created, not a Facebook algorithm. Facebook spokesperson Rob Leathern also issued this statement:
“We don’t allow hate speech on Facebook. Our community standards strictly prohibit attacking people based on their protected characteristics, including religion, and we prohibit advertisers from discriminating against people based on religion and other attributes. However, there are times where content is surfaced on our platform that violates our standards. In this case, we’ve removed the associated targeting fields in question. We know we have more work to do, so we’re also building new guardrails in our product and (reviewing) processes to prevent other issues like this from happening in the future.”