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Facebook bans white nationalism from platform after pressure from civil rights groups

Author: David Ingram and Ben Collins, NBCnews, Published on: 28 March 2019

"Facebook bans white nationalism from platform after pressure from civil rights groups," 27 March 2019

[Facebook] said in a blog post Wednesday that conversations with academics and civil rights groups convinced the company to expand its policies around hate groups... Scrutiny of Facebook reached new heights in the past two weeks after a gunman in Christchurch, New Zealand, used Facebook to livestream his attacks on two mosques that killed 50 people... Facebook's policies [had previously] banned white supremacy but allowed white nationalism and white separatism... Facebook has previously taken action in the wake of race-based violence, removing links to a white supremacist website and taking down a page used to organize the "Unite The Right" rally in 2017...

"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," [said] Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change. A Twitter representative Wednesday declined to say whether the company was considering adopting a similar change. Amazon and YouTube did not immediately respond to requests for comment... On Tuesday, Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships, revealed some details about a new oversight board that the company is forming to provide guidance on its "most challenging and contentious content decisions" and "hold us publicly accountable if we don't get them right."... “The board, as currently envisioned, will consist of about 40 global experts with experience in content, privacy, free expression, human rights, journalism and safety."

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