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Facebook doesn’t allow white nationalism, white separatism on its platforms

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users in addition to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this photo illustration March 28, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc on Wednesday banned the praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism on the social media platforms, is expanding its combat incitement to hatred.

The policy will be enforced next week, the social media giant said in a blog post here.

Facebook, Twitter Inc. and Alphabet, Inc YouTube are under pressure to remove white supremacist, neo-Nazi content on their platforms.

In response, Facebook has strengthened the content monitoring teams, and has taken event pages are used to promote and organise rallies by White supremacist groups.

The company previously had allowed some white nationalist content, not as racist, but recently decided to change course.

“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.

“Going forward … we will not tolerate praise or support for white nationalism and separatism.”

Facebook said it would also start with connecting people who search for terms associated with white supremacy an organization called Life After Hate, directed at helping people leave hate groups.

Life After Hate not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reporting by Sonam Rai in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’silva

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