Facebook blog piece announces ban on white nationalism & separatism
"Standing Against Hate", 27 March 2019
We're announcing a ban on praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism on Facebook and Instagram, which we'll start enforcing next week... [O]ur conversations with members of civil society and academics...who are experts in race relations... 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... We also need to get better and faster at finding and removing hate from our platforms... We're making progress, but we know we have a lot more work to do... [W]e'll also start connecting people who search for terms associated with white supremacy to resources focused on helping people leave behind hate groups. People searching for these terms will be directed to Life After Hate, an organization founded by former violent extremists that provides crisis intervention, education, support groups and outreach... Our challenge is to stay ahead by continuing to improve our technologies, evolve our policies and work with experts who can bolster our own efforts. We are deeply committed and will share updates as this process moves forward.