Facebook says white nationalist and white separatist content now officially banned from platform

so is boingboing for or against censorship ?

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Okay Facebook!

Wait a minute…

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See the post just above yours.

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Facebook announced today that it is officially banning white nationalist and white separatist content from the platform.

Meanwhile, out in realityville …

… it’s business as usual.

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I doubt Zuckerberg ever imagined quite how destructive Facebook would prove to become. But as it happens, it just turns out that game-ifying and technologically multiplying some of the worst human impulses combined with a profit driven architecture accidentally created an amplifier of evil.

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There are various ethnic and ethnoreligious nationalisms. FB will have to decide which ones are good or bad. I will be interested to see how they do that.

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Damnit. I was just going to point out that the post above this one (“To all the commenters whinging about free speech”) was replying to no one.

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I guess you really can always tell a Harvard man; but you can’t tell him much.

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I support the anarcho-communist position. No nations, no borders.

Nationalism is a vestige of feudalism, at best misguided and at worst violently destructive. We don’t need it anymore.

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Yeah, that’s exactly why Israel was created.

I think Facebook is letting statistics do the work here. They’re finding a majority of the hate speech they already prohibit is coming from people associated with white nationalist/separatist/supremacist groups.

The latter was already banned. The data shows there is no real difference between it and the former two.

Yes there are nationalist groups of other colors/creeds/etc… but they aren’t being significantly hateful or harmful.

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Honestly, while I’m glad to see them doing something, I worry how this will affect friends of mine, a couple of whom have already had temporary bans over profile pics, and I expect this is going to get a LOT worse.

I’ve already posted before about the ongoing friction between racist and antiracist factions in the Heathen community. The TL:DR is that racists are adopting symbols from Norse culture that are already being used by nonracist Heathen groups- So now, sacred symbols like the Othala rune and Valknut are being associated with white power stuff.

The ADL notes that context is vital, but I don’t trust Facebook’s algorithm to make the distinction.

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But, until the recent rise of ultranationalism, it was taboo to say so explicitly. That is the point of the Haaretz article.

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Definitely “deprogram”, that’s what they mean by redirecting them to Life after Hate. I think responding to people who want to post white supremacist content by saying, “Look, if you ever want to leave your hateful ideology behind, there are people who will help you,” is a fine thing to do. I’ll admit “deprogramming” definitely sounds like doublespeak for brainwashing.

Are you for or against knives? Either you monstrously approve of knife murders or you want to take away my kitchen knives so I can’t cut vegetables. Which is it?!?

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Best answer ever to a slanted-ass question.

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Depends on when you stopped beating your wife.

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And that would be the classic, standard reply to an obviously slanted question.

:wink:

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NOW can we report this asshole???

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Depends… is he white (ie of european extraction) and male? Then never… If he’s anything else, immediately.

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