Facebook bans white nationalism, separatism

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Facebook banned white nationalism and white separatism on its platform this week and will also direct users who try to post racist content to a nonprofit that helps people leave hate groups, Motherboard reported Wednesday.

The new policy, which will take effect next week, shows that Facebook, long resistant to policy changes, can buckle in the face of consumers’ outrage.

Last year, a Motherboard investigation found that, though Facebook banned “white supremacy” on its platform, it allowed “white nationalism” and “white separatism.”

Backlash from civil rights groups and historians forced Facebook to ban all three, two members of Facebook’s content policy team said.

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