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Facebook Announces Ban of Several Major Far-Right UK Organizations

Last month, Facebook finally banned white nationalism and white separatism on its platforms. Civil rights advocates had been calling for the ban for years, but Facebook didn’t implement one until after the Christchurch massacre live-streamed on its site. Now, Facebook has moved on to tackling far-right organizations in the United Kingdom. The company has permanently banned twelve individuals and groups such as the British National Party (BNP), English Defence League (EDL), and Britain First, as reported by The Verge . However, the company didn’t clearly say it was its ban on white nationalism that led to their removal. Instead, Facebook said the organizations fell under its new definition of “dangerous individuals and organizations.” “Individuals and organizations who spread hate, or attack or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are, have no place on Facebook,” Facebook said, according to The Verge. “Under our dangerous individuals and organizations policy, we...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 18, 2019

How Much Money Do Social Media Companies Actually Spend to Fight Terrorism? Lawmakers Want to Know

Recently, social media companies have been in hot water with the United States government, especially due to their responses — or lack thereof — following the Christchurch shooting. Earlier this week, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to question Facebook and Google on the rise of white nationalism online. Now, another committee is coming after big tech. Rep. Max Rose — head of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism — sent a letter to YouTube, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter to find out how much money they put into combatting extremism on their platforms. The letter has been signed by subcommittee members Sheila Jackson Lee, Jim Langevin, and Elissa Slotkin. “We’ve seen in graphic detail the extent that terrorist organizations and extremists have used social media to amplify their reach and message in recent years,” Rose said in a statement. “While social media companies tell us they’re taking this seriously, I want to see the numbers to...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 15, 2019

Facebook Removes Canadian White Nationalist Groups, But Not As Part Of Its White Nationalism Ban

Last week, Facebook refused to remove a video of Canadian white nationalist Faith Goldy lamenting white “replacement” and the invasion of white European countries. The decision came despite Facebook’s recent ban of white nationalism and white separatism. Now, the company is pulling a slight reversal by banning a bunch of Canadian white nationalist groups from Instagram and Facebook, but only under rules preventing hate groups, as reported by the Hill . The groups were not pulled under the white nationalism and white separatism ban, even though that’s exactly the kind of rhetoric they engage in. The ban will extend to Faith Goldy, Kevin Goudreau, the Canadian Nationalist Front, Aryan Strikeforce, Wolves of Odin, and Soldiers of Odin, according to the Hill. TORONTO, ON – September 25: Faith Goldy speaks to the crowd. Mayoral candidate Faith Goldy and some of her supporters protested outside of Corus Quay where a Mayoral debate was held to which she was not invited. Some protesters...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 9, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee Will Question Facebook And Google About The Rise of White Nationalism Online

Since the Christchurch shooting, Facebook has scrambled to do damage control. The company has now banned white nationalism on its site — a policy that it doesn’t seem to be following —and began “exploring restrictions” for its live streaming feature. Despite all these changes, a meeting with lawmakers always seemed inevitable. On April 9, House Democrats will question both Facebook and Google on hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism online. In a press release, the House Judiciary Committee wrote: Communities of color and religious minorities have long been subject to discrimination and have been targeted by groups who affiliate with ideologies of hate.  White identity groups have a long history of oppressing racial and religious minorities and promote individual expressions of violence with the aim of preserving white racial and political hegemony.  Social media platforms have served as world-wide conduits to spread vitriolic hate messages into every home and country.  ...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 5, 2019

Facebook Says Video Promoting White Nationalism Doesn't Fall Under Its Ban on White Nationalism

Facebook finally banned white nationalism and white separatism after previously excluding both from its definition of white supremacy. But, it seems the social media giant may not be taking its own policy seriously. Recently, a Facebook spokesperson told HuffPost that a video of Canadian white nationalist Faith Goldy invoking white “replacement” and claiming that Jews and people of color “invaded” white European countries doesn’t break any policies. The video — titled “Race Against Time” —begins with text that reads “European extinction is imminent.” At one point, Goldy mentions the “Great White North” and that “whites will be a minority in America in less than a generation.” Both of these statements fall into well-known white nationalist talking points that claim white people are systematically being replaced. The conspiracy theory of white genocide isn’t based in any fact, but it serves as a base to justify violence. As Facebook continues to deal with fall out from allowing the...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 4, 2019