Facebook moves to ban white nationalist and separatist content on its platform

In a dramatic shift in policy, Facebook announced today that it is banning white nationalism and separatism on its platform. The decision, which was first reported by Motherboard, comes just under two weeks since a white supremacist killed 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In a blog post, Facebook said that any “praise, support, and representation of white nationalism and separatism” would be banned when the new policy goes into effect next week. “It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services,” the blog read.

Facebook has prohibited white supremacist content for a while now, but hasn’t included white nationalism or separatism until today. Racist and hateful content…

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