CNET: Facebook, Google to face Congress over spread of white nationalism online. “Facebook and Google are once again headed to Capitol Hill, this time for a grilling from the House Judiciary Committee over the spread of white nationalism on their platforms.”
Slack Blog: Slack removes hate groups. “Today we removed 28 accounts because of their clear affiliation with known hate groups. The use of Slack by hate groups runs counter to everything we believe in at Slack and is not welcome on our platform.”
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.”
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. “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. “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.'”
Vice: Twitter just suspended accounts linked to the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer. “The Daily Stormer is running out of places to post on the Internet — Twitter kicked several accounts associated with the prominent neo-Nazi website off its platform Wednesday.”