On Thursday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced the release of their new Social Pattern Library, a tool that will help social media developers and designers to create a hate-free environment online.
Made with the sole aim of preventing online hate, the Library consists of a collection of design principles and user experience patterns that are aimed at mitigating hate online. The library will focus on design and the way people experience social media and generate recommendations based on algorithms programmed into it.
“We know that social media has the power to do good,” said CEO of ADL Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “But too often, it is used for harm and allows vile, hateful ideas that were once confined to the fringe to spread rapidly and internationally at scale. The goal of the Social Pattern Library is to keep anti-hate be design top of mind for social platforms, user experience designers, developers, and product teams when they build out products that are used by billions of people every day. Social media platforms have a responsibility to help mitigate hate, and we’ve given them a tangible road map for doing so.”
This being said, the aim of the online library is to teach developers and designers how to build their platforms in ways that will not make it possible for users to use them for hateful content and make harassment easier to report.