Facebook Bans All 'Praise, Support and Representation of White Nationalism and Separatism'Chris Menahan
Mar. 28, 2019
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Facebook on Wednesday announced they'll be banning all "praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism" on Facebook and Instagram but will still allow other race-based nationalist and separatist movements.
Facebook had said previously they were against banning white nationalism and white separatism because they felt that under the same rules they'd also have to ban Zionism and black separatism.
Facebook's statement reads:
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.VICE reported Wednesday that the new policy "doesn’t change the company's existing policies on separatist and nationalist movements more generally; content relating to Black separatist movements and the Basque separatist movement, for example, will still be allowed."
Independent journalist Nick Monroe noted this is the first time he's seen a "race-based social media policy."
Facebook's move just so happens to follow the government of Australia threatening to jail social media execs for failing to "quickly remove extremist material from their platforms."
As AFP reported on Tuesday:
Australia warned social media giants Tuesday (March 26) that executives could be jailed if they fail to quickly remove extremist material from their platforms.Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government in Canada similarly threatened to implement new regulations to force social media companies to ban "hateful" and "extremist" content on their platforms.
Trudeau celebrated news of the ban Wednesday night on Twitter:
No doubt empowering social media oligarchs with the ability to ban entire ideologies from engaging in public discourse online will work out just fine and have zero unintended consequences!
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