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Mark Zuckerberg: Charlottesville Prompts Facebook Hate Crackdown

Mark Zuckerberg: Charlottesville Prompts Facebook Hate Crackdown

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference on April 18, 2017, at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 17 August 2017 04:27 PM

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that after Charlottesville, Facebook is keeping a close eye on any hateful posts on the platform.

“There is no place for hate in our community,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook Wednesday. “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. With the potential for more rallies, we’re watching the situation closely and will take down threats of physical harm.”

Zuckerberg said it was “a disgrace that we still need to say that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are wrong — as if this is somehow not obvious.”

He also said he wanted to do something about all the “polarization” in our culture, to bring more “balance, nuance and depth” to public conversations to “bring people closer together.”

Facebook removed the event page for the Unite the Right rally over the weekend after it had been active for weeks, Recode reported, and also has been removing links to neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer, which praised the killing of Heather Heyer during the rally.

GoDaddy and Google recently canceled the domain registration of The Daily Stormer after the comments, and PayPal also cut its service to white supremacist groups. Airbnb had canceled bookings of those traveling to Charlottesville when it was discovered they had ties to white nationalist or supremacist groups.

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

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