File photo – Protesters with the group of Students to Act Against White Supremacy to speak on the campus of the University of Virginia during an event marking the one year anniversary of a deadly clash between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators on August 11, 2018, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Facebook is a prohibition on white nationalism and white separatism of the platform, the Mark Zuckerberg-led company announced on Wednesday.
The tech giant will begin enforcement of the new policy, that also on Instagram, following week, saying that the praise, support, and representation of the white nationalism and white separatism are strongly linked to the organized hate groups and “no place” on the services that are used by billions all over the world.
The social network explained that it was not originally apply the same reasons forbid the use of white supremacy, because it was to think about the broader ideas of nationalism and separatism — for example, pride in America, or Basque separatism.
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“In the past three months our conversations with civil society members and academics who are experts in race relations around the world have confirmed that the white nationalism and separatism cannot be meaningfully separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups,” the company said in a blog post.
Facebook has its own assessment of hate figures and organizations, as defined by the Dangerous Individuals and Organisations policy, which showed that the greater the overlap between the white supremacy and white nationalism and separatism.
“Going forward, while the 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 comes in the wake of the New Zealand mosque massacre by a self-identified white supremacist and recorded for the uploading of multiple digital platforms — was met with praise from civil rights organizations.
The racial justice organization Color of Change, which was used for Facebook to crack down on white nationalism since 2015, praised the company’s new policy as an important step forward.
“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Facebook to ensure that the platform content moderation guidelines and training sessions to support the updated policy and be aware of the civil rights and racial justice organizations,” Rashad Robinson, Color of Change, of the president, said in a statement.
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Robinson also said that Facebook’s policy update, you must move Twitter, Amazon, and Google-owned YouTube is also urgently take action against the white nationalist ideologies on their platforms.
Madihha Ahussain, who is a special counsel for the civil rights group Muslim Advocates, said the key will be how Facebook enforces the new policy and how it determines the content that is in violation.
“After an overt white nationalist, used Facebook to broadcast the murder of the 51 people on two mosques in New Zealand just over a week ago the announcement today that the white nationalist and separatist content will be banned from both Facebook and Instagram, is a welcome development.”
Facebook and YouTube both came under fire after a live-streamed video of the New Zealand attack, was uploaded and widely shared on their platforms. Telecom companies in New Zealand has the rare step of shutting down access to certain platforms and gave a scathing letter to the tech giants.
A wide range of organisations and regular Facebook users, in particular the African-American women and civil rights groups have asked the social network for years to prevent the spread of white supremacists and hate speech on the platform.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, which tracks the impact of hatred and all forms of extremism, 2018 was the fourth most deadly year on record for extremist-related murders since 1970, with 50 people killed. The ADL says that the murders last year were ‘ overwhelmingly linked to right-wing extremists.”