In an interesting move, Facebook has decided to come down heavily on white supremacy groups that have for long flourished on its platform in the guise of fancy terms like white nationalism and white separatism, as reported by TechCrunch.
As reported by Motherboard first, the decision came out of a conversation on platform moderation and will go into full effect next week. As per the new rules, the company will direct users who come looking for white supremacy and nationalism to ‘Life after Death’ which is an organization that helps people leave far right-wing groups and shun violence.
Facebook explained the whole process in its Newsroom post, which says:
“Over the past three months, our conversations with members of civil society and academics who are experts in race relations around the world have confirmed that white nationalism and separatism cannot be meaningfully separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups. Going forward, while people will still be able to demonstrate pride in their ethnic heritage, we will not tolerate praise or support for white nationalism and separatism.”
Leaked documents last year revealed Facebook’s flawed policy which distinguished between white supremacy and white nationalism. The lopsided policy failed to take into account that white supremacy, white nationalism, and white pride were all the same thing in different guises just to fool administrators and these fancy terms were generally synonymous with the ideals set forth by white supremacy, a dangerous form of race-motivated radicalism that inspires hate-based violence.
It all started six months ago when the social media giant said that it would review its policy on white supremacy and white separatism by speaking to civil right groups who were up in arms against the flawed policy pursued by Facebook against these radical groups.
Speaking about Facebook’s latest move, Color of Change President Rashad Robinson said:
“Facebook’s update should move Twitter, YouTube, and Amazon to act urgently to stem the growth of white nationalist ideologies, which find space on platforms to spread the violent ideas and rhetoric that inspired the tragic attacks witnessed in Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, and now Christchurch.”
Facebook has made rapid strides in taking action against white supremacy group s, but the company still has a long way to go before it clamps down on these fringe groups that use the platform to promote hatred and spew venom against other groups.