“We’re announcing a ban on praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism on Facebook and Instagram, which we’ll start enforcing next week. It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services,” announced the organization in a post on its newsroom site early in the day Wednesday.
According to ABC News, “The company said they had always cracked down on white supremacy, but admitted it did not use the same tools to combat similarly couched extremist content.”
“We didn’t originally apply the same rationale to expressions of white nationalism and separatism because we were thinking about broader concepts of nationalism and separatism — things like American pride and Basque separatism, which are an important part of people’s identity,” the Facebook post said.
“But over the past three months our conversations with members of civil society and academics who are experts in race relations around the world have confirmed that white nationalism and separatism cannot be meaningfully separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups,” the statement said. “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.”
The ban does come with a lot of support, but also comes with criticism that Facebook as an organization may not be able to filter properly. Instead, they may be suppressing whites in general as opposed to only those that are racist. The opposing side of the argument says that it is fine to ban white nationalism, but they should ban all types of nationalism instead, not just one side to things.
To be clear, the number of white nationalist groups surged by almost 50% in 2018 from 100 to 148 groups. The black nationalist groups expanded their numbers from 233 to 268 in 2018. This does address that Facebook is only addressing the problem for one race, and not the rest.