Facebook prohibits white nationalism and white separatism from its platform, Mark Zuckerberg-led company announced Wednesday.
The tech giant will begin to enforce the new policy, which also includes Instagram next week, saying that the white nationalism and the white separatism's praise, support and representation are strongly associated with organized hate groups and have no room for its services, which used by billions all over the world.
The social network explained that it did not initially use the same reasoning as it used to ban white supremacy because it thought of broader ideas of nationalism and separatism – for example, pride in America or Basque separatism.
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"Over the past three months, our conversations with civil society members and academics experts in racial relations worldwide have confirmed that white nationalism and separatism cannot be meaningfully separate from white supremacy and organized hatred groups, "said the company in a blog post.
Facebook also carried out its own review of hated characters and organizations, as defined by its policy of dangerous people and organizations, which revealed more overlap between white supremacy and white nationalism and separatism. 19659005] "Going forward, while people will still be able to show pride in their ethnic heritage, we will not tolerate praise or support for white nationalism or separatism," the company said.
The announcement – following the New Zealand Mosque massacre committed by a self-identified white supremacist and admitted to upload to multiple digital platforms – was met with praise from ci
"We look forward to continuing."
The racial justice organization Color of Change, which had performed for Facebook to downsize the white nationalism since 2015, praised the company's new policy as an important step forward. our work with Facebook to ensure that the platform's content announcement and training guidelines support the updated policy correctly and is informed by civil rights and racial organizations, says Rashad Robinson, Color of Change & # 39; s president, in a statement.
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Robinson also said that Facebook's policy update should move Twitter, Amazon and Google-owned YouTube to respond quickly too against white nationalist ideologies on their platforms.
Madihha Ahussain, a special advocate for civil rights group Muslim lawyers, said the key would be how Facebook enforces the new policy and how it defines content that is in conflict.
"After a gifted white nationalist who used Facebook to broadcast the murder of 51 people on two mosques in New Zealand over a week ago, today's announcement announces that white nationalist and separatist content will be banned from both Facebook and Instagram is a welcome development. "
Facebook and YouTube were both on fire after a live-streamed video of the New Zealand attack was easily uploaded and widely shared on their platforms. Telecom companies in New Zealand took the rare step of closing access to certain platforms and issued a scathing letter to tech giants.
A wide range of organizations and regular Facebook users, especially African American women and civil rights groups, have for many years asked the social network to address the spread of white supremacists and hate speech on the platform.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, which tracks the effects of hatred and all forms of extremism, 2018 was the fourth deadly record of extremist murder since 1970, with 50 people killed. ADL says these murders last year were "overwhelmingly connected with the right extremists."