MSN News: Democratic Senators Ask Zuckerberg to Act on White Supremacy

MSN News: Democratic Senators Ask Zuckerberg to Act on White Supremacy. “Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg faces demands from Senate Democrats for answers about hate groups on the platform at the same time a growing number of companies are pulling advertising from its sites over harmful content. In a letter to Zuckerberg Tuesday, three Democratic senators question what they call the company’s ‘lack of action to prevent white supremacist groups from using the platform as a recruitment and organizational tool’ despite Facebook’s stated policies on hate speech.”

CNBC: A new theory describes how hate travels across social media platforms and around the world — and one researcher compares it to water boiling

CNBC: A new theory describes how hate travels across social media platforms and around the world — and one researcher compares it to water boiling. “In a new study mapping how hate travels across the online world, researchers explored how hate groups thrive on social media even when they are banned and offered new solutions to dismantle them.”

‘Stop Fake Hate Profiles on Facebook’: Challenges for crowdsourced activism on social media (First Monday)

First Monday: ‘Stop Fake Hate Profiles on Facebook’: Challenges for crowdsourced activism on social media. “This research examines how activists mobilise against fake hate profiles on Facebook. Based on six months of participant observation, this paper demonstrates how Danish Facebook users organised to combat fictitious Muslim profiles that spurred hatred against ethnic minorities. Crowdsourced action by Facebook users is insufficient as a form of sustainable resistance against fake hate profiles. A viable solution would require social media companies, such as Facebook, to take responsibility in the struggle against fake content used for political manipulation.”

News-Gazette (Illinois): UI lecturer’s tool follows money that funds hate groups

Thanks to Laura to pointing out this one from the News-Gazette (Illinois): UI lecturer’s tool follows money that funds hate groups. “Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who organized volatile marches in Charlottesville, Va., and other cities need money to finance those rallies. John Bambenek, a University of Illinois lecturer and cybersecurity expert, hopes to disrupt their fundraising through a tracking program that monitors and reports on all donations to alleged neo-Nazis and white supremacists online. It posts transactions to Twitter in hopes of exposing the financial backing of extremist groups.” Do not repeat my mistake of reading the comments.

ProPublica: Track News Stories About Hate With the Documenting Hate News Index

ProPublica: Track News Stories About Hate With the Documenting Hate News Index. “The Documenting Hate News Index is updated every day. You can use it to search and filter by keyword and date range to see what hate incidents have been reported in local and national news outlets. It’s by no means a complete accounting of all hate in America. It includes only incidents reported by a news outlet indexed by Google News. And in addition to cataloging violence, harassment and vandalism, the project includes stories about hate crimes legislation and programs designed to combat hate in local communities.”

Ars Technica: Tor “can’t build free and open source tools” and stop racists from using them

Ars Technica: Tor “can’t build free and open source tools” and stop racists from using them. “The Tor Project has reiterated its absolutist commitment to free speech, saying that even though Daily Stormer recently moved to a Tor onion service, the organization won’t do anything to stop the ‘hate-spewing website.'”

CNET: Reddit, Facebook ban Nazi groups after Charlottesville attack

CNET: Reddit, Facebook ban Nazi groups after Charlottesville attack. “Reddit and Facebook have each banned entire hate groups in the wake of the Charlottesville attack, they confirmed to CNET today. One particular subreddit, r/Physical_Removal, received particular scrutiny over the weekend. Moderators and posters were flagged for numerous inflammatory remarks that have long been characteristic of that group and other similarly-minded subreddits.”

WSLS: Virginia Tech researcher says social media contributing to rise in hate groups

WSLS: Virginia Tech researcher says social media contributing to rise in hate groups. “One researcher at Virginia Tech says the violence in Charlottesville this past weekend may be evidence of a growing trend. Director James Hawdon of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention says his data shows social media is facilitating the spread of extremist views, and it could lead to more violent events in the future.”

The Hill: Google to ban white supremacist website that was forced out by GoDaddy

The Hill: Google to ban white supremacist website that was forced out by GoDaddy. “A white supremacist website that had its domain name under GoDaddy canceled for attacking the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally victim will now also be forced to move its content out of a Google domain name.”

ABC News: Facebook now deleting 66K posts a week in anti-hate campaign

ABC News: Facebook now deleting 66K posts a week in anti-hate campaign. “Facebook said Tuesday that it deleted about 66,000 posts a week in the last two months as the social media giant cracks down on what it deems to be hate speech. The company said in a blog post that deleting posts can ‘feel like censorship,’ but that it is working on explaining its process better and improving its enforcement of hate speech.”

Nonprofit Quarterly: GuideStar Removes Banners Flagging “Hate Groups”—But Why?

Nonprofit Quarterly: GuideStar Removes Banners Flagging “Hate Groups”—But Why?. “Two weeks ago, NPQ wrote about the fact that GuideStar had flagged 46 nonprofits as hate groups on its site by way of a banner advising that they were so designated by Southern Poverty Law Center. Evidently, it was unprepared for the backlash.”

Associated Press: Charity website flags dozens of nonprofits as hate groups

Associated Press: Charity website flags dozens of nonprofits as hate groups. “A website that touts itself as the world’s largest source of information about charities has added a new feature: a warning label on tax-exempt nonprofits accused of spreading hate. GuideStar, a self-described ‘neutral’ repository for data on more than 2 million charities, recently flagged 46 nonprofits for being labeled as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. A banner atop each nonprofit’s GuideStar profile includes the law center’s logo and a link to its home page.”