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Facebook now bans white nationalism and separatism, not just white supremacy

Author: Hanna Kozlowska, Published on: 28 March 2019

Facebook is banning white nationalism and white separatism from its platforms, eliminating the controversial distinction it had historically drawn between those ideologies and white supremacy... Facebook has always prohibited white supremacy as an example of "hateful treatment of people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, or religion," the company explained. It did not extend this logic to white nationalism and separatism because it saw them as examples of the broader concepts of nationalism and separatism... Last year, this distinction was laid bare in training documents for Facebook content moderators that leaked to Motherboard. Experts and anti-hate groups critical of the policy pointed out that these ideologies overlap, and that the distinction was a technicality...The platform will connect people searching for terms associated with white supremacy with the group Life After Hate, which is run by former extremists and helps people leave hate groups.

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