Facebook Removes 190 Accounts Linked To Hate Groups

The giant social media network, Facebook has been combating against the spread of hate speech across its platform. Now, the platform is combating against hate with an added degree of urgency. According to the Associated Press, the giant social platform has deactivated approximately two hundred accounts. Facebook confirmed it to the Associated Press that the removed accounts were connected to hate groups across Facebook’s platform.

The company has also previously banned white supremacist Facebook Groups such as the American Guard and the Proud Boys, etc. It has been reported that the social media platform has already been gearing up to deactivate accounts, however, the company’s hand was forced when it became evident that these Facebook users were planning to stoke tensions during the ongoing crisis.

Currently, anti-racism protests are sweeping the United States following the death of George Floyd. The protest began in the US after the death of George Floyd on May 25. Authorities have now charged Derek Chauvina Minneapolis police officer, with second-degree murder in George Floyd’s death. The social network, Facebook has been monitoring the users, and begun to see content across its platform that was encouraging the masses to attend protests in person.

Brian Fishman, the company’s counter-terrorism director stated that those Facebook users connected to hate groups whose accounts have been removed by Facebook, planned to rally group members to attend those anti-racism protests (and foster fights).

Facebook’s counter-terrorism director also stated that they were also sometimes preparing to go with weapons. Previously, the company cracked down on Boogaloo Facebook Groups, after which Facebook took this measure to deactivate accounts linked to hate groups. These boogaloo groups include racists and white supremacists, and they tried to pose as Antifa members. The company announced last week that Facebook will limit the spread of groups as well as pages across its platforms that are linked to the term, ‘Boogaloo’.

It has been seen that Facebook has been stepping up the company’s anti-hate efforts during the past few months. Facebook started to ban more groups as well as the platform started to implement artificial intelligence (AI) to detect hate speech across Facebook’s platform. But, the ongoing situation of the United States is putting the policies of Facebook to the test - it’s evidently determined to display that Facebook can not only take action against hate speech across Facebook’s platform but move quickly for limiting the attempts to fuel violence.

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