Racial Justice Groups Respond to Facebook Ban on White Supremacist Content
March 27, 2019
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OAKLAND, CA — Facebook’s announcement today that it will be banning expressions of white nationalism and white separatism on its platforms was met with cautious optimism from racial justice groups, including the Center for Media Justice and its MediaJustice Network, who have been pressuring the social media giant to address these safety concerns on Facebook and Instagram for years.
The Center for Media Justice, Muslim Advocates, and other members of the MediaJustice Network were instrumental in pushing Facebook to engage in a civil rights audit in 2018, and in December were among the more than 30 civil rights groups which signed a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding dramatic reforms in the wake of revelations that the company had hired a right-wing public relations firm to actively target racial justice organizations.
The following statement can be attributed to Malkia Cyril, Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice:
“Facebook’s announcement that it will ban content explicitly or encouraging supporting white nationalism and white supremacy, alongside transparency and rigorous enforcement, is a step in the right direction. Perhaps, if Facebook had acted when Center for Media Justice and other civil rights groups urged this step years ago, democracy would be better protected today, and lives may have been saved. White nationalism, globally and here in the U.S., is one of the greatest threats to national safety and security today. We hope government agencies like the FBI and Justice Department follow suit in redirecting resources and attention away from false flags like 'Black Identity Extremism' and toward the very real threat of organized white power vigilantes.”
Launched in 2009, the Center for Media Justice fights for racial and economic equity in a digital age. mediajustice.org