Facebook is facing a new wave of criticism for providing a platform for a white supremacist network with over 80,000 online followers.
- Facebook only removed these pages after being contacted by large media organisation the Observer. The Center for Countering Digital Hate claim they were made aware of this two years ago.
The Guardian reports this Neo-Nazi network also has ties to the UK far right, including a student facing terrorism charges. Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, said:
“Facebook’s leadership endangered public safety by letting Neo-Nazis finance their activities through Facebook and Instagram. Facebook was first told about this problem two years ago and failed to act.”
After the Observer contacted Facebook, they began taking down the material with a Facebook spokesperson stating:
“We have removed the content which violates our policies prohibiting dangerous organisations. We regularly work to improve our technology to find and remove this content faster, and, while there is more work to do, we are making progress. We’ve banned over 250 white supremacist organisations from Facebook and Instagram.”
Read more of the full report on The Guardian.
Author’s Note: I highly recommend reading Grading Facebook’s Homework, which is an opinion piece on Facebook’s response to criticism.
I’m an AI & Robotics Student interested in FOSS, Tech Sustainability and Data Rights. I’m also the founder of Humans For Ethical Technology.