Facebook has revealed that the company will be taking action against hate on the platform. Both Facebook and Instagram will no longer allow white nationalism and separatism related content on its platforms. The social media giant made the announcement today on Wednesday, March 27 in an official statement titled "Standing Against Hate".
As of next week, any "praise, support and representation" of white nationalism and separatism will be banned on both Facebook and Instagram. "It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services," reads the statement from the company.
So what prompted this change? Facebook says that after discussions with various experts that took place over the past few months, the company has determined that white nationalism and separatism has problematic connections to white supremacy and 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 white nationalism and separatism," says Facebook.
This isn't the only action that the company is taking to fight against hate on its platforms. Facebook will also start providing resources that help people leave hate groups to users who look up terms on the platform that are related to white supremacy.
Starting next week, their search results will be redirected to information about an organization called Life After Hate. The organization was founded by former extremists and Life After Hate says on their website that it is "committed to helping people leave the violent far-right".
Facebook says the company still needs to improve efforts to combat hate on the platform. "We also need to get better and faster at finding and removing hate from our platforms," reads the statement.
"Over the past few years we have improved our ability to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to find material from terrorist groups. Last fall, we started using similar tools to extend our efforts to a range of hate groups globally, including white supremacists. We’re making progress, but we know we have a lot more work to do."
Facebook promises that they are committed to fighting hate on their platforms. "Unfortunately, there will always be people who try to game our systems to spread hate," says the company in their statement.
"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. We are deeply committed and will share updates as this process moves forward."