It is becoming apparent that Facebook a social media giant has taken on the role to be the morality police of social media. In one of their posts, entitled, Standing Against Hate, the social media giant lays out their new policies regarding hate, and hate speech. Placing special emphasis on white supremacy and separatism. “Our policies have long prohibited hateful treatment of people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity or religion — and that has always included white supremacy. We didn’t originally apply the same rationale to expressions of white nationalism and white separatism because we were thinking about broader concepts of nationalism and separatism”
Facebook makes reference to consulting academic experts and members of “civil society” who “confirmed that white nationalism and white separatism cannot be meaningfully separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups.”
Academic experts such as those experts at the Southern Poverty Law Center, who routinely declare people who have a dissenting opinion than that of their global view as a “hate group.” The new Facebook policy has made it clear that white supremacy, white nationalism, white separatism are now considered to be a hate philosophy. Furthermore, Facebook goes on to state, “while people will still be able to demonstrate pride in their ethnic heritage, we will not tolerate praise or support for white nationalism and white separatism.”
This singling out of one particular “hate group” is concerning. Facebook in it’s singling out of one specific group, has given allowances for the rise of other forms of hate organizations. Specific organizations, that promote hate in an organization with antisemitism or even anti-christian groups.
Those people who are questioning Facebook new policy are to be directed to Life After Hate to understand their new policies.
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