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Crackdown on hate speech: Facebook to curb white nationalism, separatism

The ban will be enforced starting next week at the leading online social network and its image-centric messaging service Instagram.

AFP  |  San Francisco 

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Facebook policies already banned posts endorsing white supremacy as part of its prohibition against spewing hate at people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity or religion.

announced Wednesday it will ban praise or support for and white as part of a stepped-up crackdown on

The ban will be enforced starting next week at the leading and its image-centric messaging service

"It's clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services," the said in a statement.

policies already banned posts endorsing as part of its prohibition against spewing hate at people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity or religion.

The ban had not applied to some postings because it was reasoned they were expressions of broader concepts of or political independence, according to the

said that conversations with academics and "members of civil society" in recent months led it to view and as linked to 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 and separatism," Facebook said.

People who enter associated with will get results referring them to resources such as Life After Hate which focus on helping people turn their backs on such groups, according to the social network.

Amid pressure from governments around the world, Facebook in the past few years has ramped up and tools for finding and removing hateful content while remaining open to free expression.

"Unfortunately, there will always be people who try to game our systems to spread hate," Facebook said.

"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."

Facebook said the new ban would not apply to topics such as American pride and Basque separatism, which "are an important part of people's identity," according to the statement.

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First Published: Thu, March 28 2019. 00:45 IST
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