Facebook Bans White Nationalism Following Pressure From Civil Rights Groups

By Tiarra Mukherjee Mar 28, 2019

Following criticism from civil rights groups, Facebook announced in a blog post yesterday (March 27) that it will ban content supporting White nationalism and separatism, NBC News reports.

The social media giant, which already blocks White supremacist posts, will begin removing all comments that support White nationalism starting next week, Moving forward, it will use the same artificial intelligence technology that it uses to detect terror groups. 

“Today 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,” the company wrote in the post. “It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services.”

The decision follows talks with civil rights groups and academics and falls just two weeks after a White nationalist used the platform to livestream the massacre of 50 people praying at mosques in New Zealand.

Read the full announcement here.