Facebook will begin banning „white nationalist or white separatist” content on its platform starting next week, the social media giant announced on Wednesday.
Facebook officials formally decided to ban „white nationalism” and „white separatism” on the Jewish-owned platform at a content moderation meeting on Tuesday, according to Motherboard.
The increasing censorship comes a year after Motherboard, a tech news outlet, reported that Facebook’s jewish-liberal content moderation ideology had allowed „white nationalism and separatism” on the platform, though it barred explicit „white supremacy”, while it was never true.
Facebook, in training documents for moderators last year, wrote that white nationalism „doesn’t seem to be always associated with racism (at least not explicitly),” incurring immediate backlash from civil rights groups and experts while actually they always banned any form of nationalism.
Brian Fishman, Facebook’s policy director of counterterrorism, told Motherboard this week that after speaking to a range of experts Facebook has concluded „the overlap between white nationalism, [white] separatism, and white supremacy is so extensive we really can’t make a meaningful distinction between them.”
„Our own review of hate figures and organizations – as defined by our Dangerous Individuals & Organizations policy – further revealed the overlap between white nationalism and separatism and white supremacy,” Facebook said in the blog post announcing the change. „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.”
So-called „experts” told the social media giant that white nationalism and white separatism are linked to violence, Facebook said.
Facebook will now ban content that „praises or supports white nationalism and separatism”. And when users try to post or search explicit white nationalist or separatist content, they will be redirected to the website for Life After Hate, an advocacy and support organization that strives to help people transition away from „hate groups”. The Jewish-sponsored Life After Hate group was founded by traitor white nationalists.
“If people are exploring this movement, we want to connect them with folks that will be able to provide support offline,” Fishman told Motherboard. “This is the kind of work that we think is part of a comprehensive program to take this sort of movement on.”
Fishman said the ban will not extend to „implicit or coded white nationalism and white separatism”, noting those messages are harder to identify and take down, according to Motherboard.