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Starting next week, Facebook and its sister site Instagram will no longer allow white nationalist and white separatist content on its site.
The move, which Motherboard reported and which Facebook subsequently confirmed, marks a major reversal for the social media platform, whose previous internal policies told content moderators that white nationalist and white separatist content should be treated differently than white supremacist content. Those previous policies had been the focus of intense criticism from civil rights and advocacy groups.
In a company blog post, Facebook said it previously allowed for white nationalism and white separatist content “because we were thinking about broader concepts of nationalism and separatism.” The company changed its tune after consulting with civil groups and determining that white nationalism and separatism “cannot be meaningfully separated from white supremacy” and from other 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 white nationalism and separatism,” Facebook said in its blog post announcing the change.
The company will initially rely on user reports to flag and identify violating content “as this isn’t something that our technology is aimed at identifying just yet,” a spokesperson for Facebook told Adweek in an email. The plan is to use a combination of machine-learning tools, artificial intelligence and human review to enforce the new policies.
Implicit statements about white nationalism and white separatism aren’t covered under the
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