Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) Internal Forum Shut Down Over Harassment

20 August, 2017, 06:48 | Author: Valerie Burke
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According to the reports, the forum was increasingly used by right-leaning Facebook employees ahead of the election. "My thoughts are with the victims of hate around the world, and everyone who has the courage to stand up to it every day". But in this case, the timing of his Facebook suspension is curious.

This poster advertising Facebook Anon was hung on Facebook's campus just before the 2016 election.

Cantwell was featured in a Vice News documentary about the rally and its aftermath, which led to him being banned on the social media site. That's why we've always taken down any post that promotes or celebrates hate crimes or acts of terrorism - including what happened in Charlottesville, ' he said.

Some violent protests were experienced over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving told CNBC on Tuesday that the domain name provider cut ties with The Daily Stormer because the neo-Nazi site crossed the line from exercising freedom of speech with the post about Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old who died last Saturday when a vehicle plowed into her group of counterprotesters who were demonstrating against the white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now Facebook is deleting links to the Daily Stormer's article, but only after the post was already shared at least 65,000 times.

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"Even for free speech advocates, this situation is deeply fraught with emotional, logistical, and legal twists and turns", the group wrote in its blog post.

Many on Twitter were skeptical that Facebook would really remove hateful posts, and anxious that if they did it would interfere with free speech rights.

"You don't have to play this game too many moves out to see how risky this is going to be", Prince said. A section of Facebook employees also found the forum to contain comments that were supposedly offensive.

Virtually all these services have long maintained rules on how users should behave, but in the past they'd mostly enforce these policies in response to bad behavior. Unlike Tim Cook and a host of other CEOs, Zuckerberg did not call out Donald Trump, but did appear to hint at his comments, "I know a lot of us have been asking where this hate comes from". By December of 2016, the anonymous group was shut down with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claiming that the group had been "spreading harassment". Rather than enabling free-speech, and rational debate about the government, the free internet has created an established hate movement as conservative white men try to claw back power as they find themselves heading towards the minority.

In the wake of in the United States town of Charlottesville, the tech industry has started to some of their services from groups associated with the far-right and those espousing racial intolerance.


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