Facebook announces banning of all white nationalist and white separatist groups
Facebook has issued a statement that it is banning user uploaded content or commentary that promotes or supports white nationalism and white separatism on both its Facebook and Instagram social media platforms. The company says that it has long had a ban on extremist groups including white supremacists but had not applied the same approach to groups espousing white nationalism or white separatism. The move comes, the company says, following over three months of experts who have demonstrated that white nationalism and white separatism cannot be separated from white supremacy or race hate groups.
Today we’re announcing a ban on praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism on Facebook and Instagram, which we’ll start enforcing next week. It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services.
The beleaguered social network, which is under fire from all quarters for its power, influence, privacy issues among other issues including the indirectly supporting the spreading of hateful messages around the globe also says that it will work to optimize its AI countermeasures. People who now search for terms related to white nationalism, white separatism and hate group will be directed to Life After Hate, a non-profit organization established by former violent extremists to help to its spread.