SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook will be banning praise or support for white nationalism and white separatism as part of a stepped-up crackdown on hate speech.
The social media giant announced that the ban will start next week at the leading online social network and its image-centric messaging service Instagram.
“It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services,” the social network said in a statement.
Facebook policies already banned posts approving white supremacy as part of its prohibition against spewing hate at people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity or religion.
The ban had not applied to some postings because it was reasoned they were expressions of broader concepts of nationalism or political independence, according to the social network.
Facebook said that conversations with academics and “members of civil society” in recent months led it to view white nationalism and separatism as linked to 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,” Facebook said.