After civil rights backlash over broadcasting New Zealand mosque shooting footage on its platform, Facebook took a dramatic turn in its policy. On Wednesday, Facebook declared that beginning next week; it would be removing posts that support white nationalism and white separatism, not only from its platform but also from Instagram. In fact, it would be even banning praises like ‘I am a proud white nationalist’ after the deadly attacks that were carried out by a white supremacist at two New Zealand mosques, in Christchurch.
In a blog post, Facebook stated that even support and representation of white nationalism and separatism would be prohibited on its platform, once the new policy comes into effect. It stated that it’s evident that the concepts are deeply associated with organized hate groups and thus they don’t have any place on their platform.
It’s a development for the social network, as Facebook had earlier banned white supremacist content; however, didn’t include separatism and white nationalism. clear-cut declaration of support for white supremacy won’t be permitted on Facebook. The conclusion to continue that prohibition to white nationalism and separatism addresses one of Facebook’s most contentious content relaxation policies that control the speech of over 2 billion users around the globe.
Racist and hateful content based on race, ethnicity, and religion has been prohibited under the former policy; however, under Facebook’s new regulations, phrases like “white separatism is the only answer” will also be banned.
According to Motherhood, the new policy was decided by the members of Facebook’s Content Standards Forum on Wednesday.
Under the new policy, anyone who would be looking for racist content or phrases, such as “Heil Hitler” will be navigated to the Life after Hate organization that offer services for former white supremacists and extremists like educational resources, support groups, and crisis intervention.
Advocates are hoping that Facebook’s policy move might trigger a change among other platforms’ to make similar changes.