The social media giant will block content which supports white nationalism and separation, Facebook said on Tuesday. This announcement comes after a year the expose its policy against hate speech and white supremacy still allow users for the making of white ethno-states.
“It is clear that these concepts are intensely connected to organized fake news or hate groups and have no place on our platform,” Facebook stated in a statement.
The company had already barred white supremacy but it left a gap that civil rights groups supposed promoted hate and racism. Facebook said it had permitted expressions of white nationalism & separation “because we were thinking about wider concepts of white nationalism and separation.”
But that thinking changed after deliberations with race relations experts and civil society groups over the past three months, Facebook says.
The social media giant stated that, from next week Facebook users who will search content linked to white nationalism and separation will be directed to Life after Hate, a Chicago-based association founded by former extremists who attempt to help people "leave the violent far-right."
One of the group’s founders, named Tony McAleer, said that, "When we're sympathetic with someone, we hold up a mirror and let them see their humanity returned back at them when they are unable to seeing it on their own," he reported.
“Company's prohibition on white nationalism and separatism is long due but an imperative step onward to the fight in contradiction of hate,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law.
"For too long, the company has maintained a policy that stamped out an undefended distinction between white nationalism and separatism, and that carve-out permitted violent white supremacists to openly feat the platform to provoke violence across the nation and frankly across the world," Clarke says.
"This is all about life and death," Kristen Clarke states. "This is about societies that are winding from the effect of intense hate crimes,” she states the tech sector tends to track Facebook's lead.
"White supremacist, separatist, and nationalist views are offensive, and Facebook as a private company is fine within its rights to eliminate such bigotry and hate from its platform. Certainly, any content that marks the line into provocation or true threats is not secured speech." Said Vera Eidelman, staff attorney with the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.