Mar 28, 2019

Facebook to ban white nationalism and separatism

Facebook has said it will block "Praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism" on Facebook and Instagram from next week. Facebook had previously allowed some white nationalist content it did not view as racist - including permission for users to call for the creation of white ethno-states. The company said it had deemed white nationalism an acceptable form of expression on a par with "Things like American pride and Basque separatism, which are an important part of people's identity". In a blog post on Wednesday it said that after three months of consultation with "Members of civil society and academics" it found that white nationalism could not be "Meaningfully separated" from white supremacy and organised hate groups. A group representing French Muslims is suing Facebook and YouTube for allowing the footage to be posted on their platforms.

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