Facebook Bans White Nationalism

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It’s 2019, and Facebook is finally banning white nationalism

Phrases that include support and praise for the ideology will be banned.

 

Andrew Wyrich

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Published Mar 27, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 4:12 pm CDT

Facebook will ban content that supports white nationalism and separatism beginning next week, according to a new report.

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The social media giant will also direct users who try to post about white nationalism or other content associated with the ideas to Life After Hate, a nonprofit that helps ex-white supremacists leave those groups, according to Motherboard.

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As the news organization put it:

Phrases such as ‘I am a proud white nationalist’ and ‘Immigration is tearing this country apart; white separatism is the only answer’ will now be banned, according to the company. Implicit and coded white nationalism and white separatism will not be banned immediately, in part because the company said it’s harder to detect and remove.

The decision to ban such outward displays of white nationalism was discussed by a team at Facebook on Tuesday.

“If people are exploring this movement, we want to connect them with folks that will be able to provide support offline,” Brian Fishman, Facebook’s policy director of counterterrorism, told the news outlet. “This is the kind of work that we think is part of a comprehensive program to take this sort of movement on.”

You can read all of Motherboard’s report here.

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*First Published: Mar 27, 2019, 12:03 pm CDT