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Facebook Bans White Nationalism, White Separatism Posts

By CBS News
A full year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal pushed Facebook’s data-gathering practices into the spotlight, the social network is still struggling to show it can take users’ privacy seriously while maintaining substantial profits — $22 billion on $56 billion in revenue last year — that rely on selling user access to advertisers. Investigations that started in the wake of Cambridge continue, and legal challenges have multiplied, accusing Facebook of ignoring its most controversial impacts on society in a push to boost its bottom line.

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A full year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal pushed Facebook’s data-gathering practices into the spotlight, the social network is still struggling to show it can take users’ privacy seriously while maintaining substantial profits — $22 billion on $56 billion in revenue last year — that rely on selling user access to advertisers. Investigations that started in the wake of Cambridge continue, and legal challenges have multiplied, accusing Facebook of ignoring its most controversial impacts on society in a push to boost its bottom line.

Here is a running update of Facebook’s status on matters of data privacy and its various legal dealings with state, federal and private parties.

Cracking down on hate speech

Facebook is banning white separatism and white nationalism from its network, the company said Wednesday. It’s the most sweeping move against supremacist ideologies the company has taken.

“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. It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services,” Facebook announced in a blog post.

Facebook To Ban White Nationalism, White Separatism Posts From Its Network

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A full year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal pushed Facebook’s data-gathering practices into the spotlight, the social network is still struggling to show it can take users’ privacy seriously while maintaining substantial profits — $22 billion on $56 billion in revenue last year — that rely on selling user access to advertisers. Investigations that started in the wake of Cambridge continue, and legal challenges have multiplied, accusing Facebook of ignoring its most controversial impacts on society in a push to boost its bottom line.

Here is a running update of Facebook’s status on matters of data privacy and its various legal dealings with state, federal and private parties.

Cracking down on hate speech

Facebook is banning white separatism and white nationalism from its network, the company said Wednesday. It’s the most sweeping move against supremacist ideologies the company has taken.

“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. It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services,” Facebook announced in a blog post.

The announcement comes two weeks after a white nationalist sympathizer in New Zealand carried out a mass shooting that killed more than 50 people, which he live-streamed on the platform. The social media giant has come under fire for enabling the spread of hate speech and Nazi and separatist ideologies.

While Facebook has long banned what it calls white supremacy, it has long put “white nationalism” and “white separatism” in a different bucket, Vice reported earlier this year. Civil rights historians say those ideologies are identical to white supremacy.

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