NZ PM welcomes Facebook ban on white nationalism, separatism

FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime minister Jacinda Ardern attends a press conference after a meeting with the workers at the place of the Christchurch mosque shooting, Christchurch, New Zealand, 20 March 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su/Photo File

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – the New Zealand Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that they welcomed Facebook Inc. ‘ s decision to ban praise, support, and representation of the white nationalism and white separatism on the social media platforms.

“Perhaps these categories should always fall within the community guidelines of hate speech, but nevertheless it is positive that the note is now created in the aftermath of the attack in Christchurch,” she said at a press conference.

Facebook’s ban was a shift in policy after criticism by civil rights groups which was not to confront extremism.

Ardern said 59 countries, sending diplomatic representatives to a national commemoration on Friday.

Reporting by John Mair and Praveen Menon

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