Facebook Closed An Internal Chat Room Over Harassing Messages

Anti-Nazi Protest Sign

The posters were an obvious play on persistent speculation that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has political ambitions following his recent Harvard commencement speech and 2017 tour across the US, during which the young executive has been trying to understand people who live in parts of the country he's less familiar with.

Referring directly to the events in Virginia - where one young woman was killed by a vehicle driven at anti-fascist demonstrators - he added: "With the potential for more rallies, we're watching the situation closely and will take down threats of physical harm".

But while Facebook is not taking any explicit action against the activities of the white nationalist movement since they will still be allowed to operate on the platform, its executives have been at the forefront of condemning intolerance and fascism. As a Jew, it's something I've wondered much of my life. The platform called "Facebook Anon" became more political around last year's U.S. presidential elections. Both social platforms are against hate groups with Twitter specifically stating an account stands to be banned if it exhibits behavior that incites or promotes violence or attacks on other people based on various identities such as race, nationality or gender.

Cloudflare, a web-security company that has protected the networks of several neo-Nazi sites, including the Daily Stormer, has been one of the "worst offenders when it comes to protecting white-supremacist propaganda", said Heidi Beirich, who monitors hate groups for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Writing in a Facebook post Wednesday, the CEO said white supremacists and neo-Nazis are a "disgrace", while criticizing the "polarization in our culture". We may not be able to solve every problem, but...

People don't tend to share their views on their Airbnb accounts, but the company matched user names to posts on social-media profiles and then canceled dozens of reservations made by self-identified Nazis who were using its app to find rooms in Charlottesville. "Last year, we disabled any anonymous internal groups or pages within Facebook and reminded our people of the places at our company where they can have discussions about issues that matter to them, openly or confidentially as appropriate", Goler added to her statement. Debate is part of a healthy society.

Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence Wednesday, vowing to rid Facebook of hate speech and violence following the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The last few days have been hard to process. On Sunday, the Facebook page of a conservative, Los Angeles-based street artist named Sabo was taken down for using hate speech, too, according to a tweet from the artist following the removal of his page.

There may always be some evil in the world, and maybe we can't do anything about that.

"I believe Apple has led by example, and we're going to keep doing that".

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