Facebook, Reddit take down hate groups following Charlottesville attack

Posted August 18, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg condemned the actions of white supremacists at last weekend's deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., pledging to remove any threats of physical harm made on Facebook. "It's a disgrace that we still need to say that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are wrong", he wrote, "as if this is somehow not obvious".

News of Facebook's clampdown follows Google's recent firing of an engineer who wrote a lengthy memo arguing men are better suited than women for tech jobs.

In a statement Wednesday to The Washington Post, Facebook's head of human resources, Lori Goler, said the cornerstone of Facebook's culture is openness.

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In a show of defiance, Trump told reporters in Manhattan that there were "two sides to a story" just a day after he had belatedly condemned racist hate groups for the mayhem at the "Unite the Right" rally in Virginia, the Washington Post reported.

The revelation about Facebook Anon's shutdown comes as USA tech companies struggle with protecting workers' free speech rights and at the same time try to fight against hate speech, like Google's recent case.

Zuckerberg said that while the process might not be flawless, the social media company is actively monitoring for threatening posts celebrating terrorism after the rally in Charlottesville.

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After Charlottesville, Facebook took down pages belonging to white supremacist groups including White Nationalists United, Right Wing Death Squad and Vanguard America.

"There may always be some evil in the world, and maybe we can't do anything about that", Zuckerberg said in the closing of his post. Google and GoDaddy stopped hosting a well known Neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, and PayPal said it would not accept payments related to hate groups. "History has taught us this time and again, both in the U.S. and countries around the world", Cook added. We've seen this in misclassifying hate speech in political debates in both directions - taking down accounts and content that should be left up and leaving up content that was hateful and should be taken down.

"I believe Apple has led by example, and we're going to keep doing that". We may not be able to solve every problem, but we all have a responsibility to do what we can.

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