Facebook deleting violent racist posts in wake of Charlottesville

What Major Tech Firms Are Doing To Quash Hate Groups

An anonymous in-house chatroom at Facebook that had become a "hub" for Donald Trump supporters was closed past year by the company after comments made on the forum disturbed management, according to several reports.

Named Facebook Anon, the group was formed in March 2015 as a side project by some employees and hosted innocuous discussions about office culture and workplace gripes.

The Facebook CEO posted why he's working to shut down pages and profiles of any person or group who tries to use the site to promote hateful activity. "No one should have that power", Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince told employees.

While never pitched by management as a forum specifically for conservatives, Facebook Anon became heavily used by right-leaning employees in the months surrounding Trump's election, several people with knowledge of the group said. In the weeks leading up to the election, posters were displayed around the Facebook campus advertising the group with the words "Trump Supporters Welcome".

The moves by the tech companies, whilst generally welcomed given the events of Charlottesville including the tragic death of Heather Heyer, are still provoking the ongoing debate of the tension between regulating hate speech and preserving, for American's at least, the sanctity of freedom of speech. James Damore, a former Google employee who criticized the search giant's diversity initiatives in an internal memo, sparked condemnation from many who saw his views as sexist. James Damore was sacked and quickly became a celebrity to members of the "alt-right", who said he represented an example of Silicon Valley's intolerance for conservative viewpoints. My thoughts are with the victims of hate around the world, and everyone who has the courage to stand up to it every day.

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Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence Wednesday, vowing to rid Facebook of hate speech and violence following the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. Goler said the internal group violated Facebook's terms of service: "People who use Facebook including our employees [are required] to use an authentic identity on our platform".

Facebook had previously run into problems with the anonymous group during the Black Lives Matter movement previous year, around the time Zuckerberg spoke out against workers who crossed out "Black Lives Matter" and wrote "All Lives Matter" on the walls of the company's California headquarters.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Apple boss Tim Cook are the two latest high profile business leaders to rail against Donald Trump.

Though Sabo been booted from Facebook in the past for other reasons, if this time the censorship was sparked by his most recent anti-Zuckerberg posters, then Facebook has some explaining to do.

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