FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of portable users are seen next to a screen projection of the Facebook logo in this image illustration taken March 28, 201
(Reuters) – Facebook Inc. on Wednesday banned praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism on its social media platforms, strengthening its efforts to tackle hate speech.
The policy will be enforced next week, social media giant said in a blog post here.
Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc's YouTube are under pressure to remove white supremacist and neo-nazi content from their platforms.
In response, Facebook has combed its content monitoring teams and has taken down event pages that were used to promote and organize rallies of white supremacy.
The company has previously allowed some white nationalist content that it did not regard as racist but recently decided to change course.
"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 separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups.
" Forward … we will not tolerate praise or support for white nationalism and separatism. "
Facebook said it would also start linking people searching for terms associated with white supremacy to an organization called Life After Hate. focused on helping people leave groups of hatred.
Life After Hate did not respond promptly to a request for comment.
Reporting Sonam Rai in Bengaluru; Editing Anil D & # 39; Silva