BBC News: Facebook bans Britain First pages. “Facebook has removed the pages of the anti-Islamic group Britain First and its leaders. The social media company said the group had repeatedly violated its community standards. Earlier this month, Britain First’s leader and deputy leader, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment.”
Phys .org: Technology and regulation must work in concert to combat hate speech online. “Online bullying, hate and incitement are on the rise, and new approaches are needed to tackle them. As the Australian Senate conducts hearings for its Inquiry into cyberbullying, it should consider a two-pronged approach to combating the problem.”
Fast Company: LinkedIn is cracking down on hate speech and abuse. “You’d think a social network for professionals would be a professional place, yet LinkedIn can be no different from Facebook or Twitter at times when some bad actors choose to abuse and insult other LinkedIn users. With that in mind, LinkedIn appears to be cracking down on abuse and hate speech on its platform. The company has announced its new Professional Community Policies in a blog post and says it will begin cracking down on users that break those policies.”
Polygon: Discord is purging alt-right, white nationalist and hateful servers. “Atomwaffen Division, The Right Server, Nordic Resistance Movement, Iron March and European Domas are just some of the servers that were shut down recently as part of Discord’s attempt to purge its platform of hateful content.” Discord is a chat app designed for gamers but some people just use it because they like it. Lifehacker has a good overview article.
The Daily Beast: YouTube Won’t Ban Neo-Nazi Group Chanting ‘Gas the K**kes, Race War Now’. “While social-media platforms like Twitter crack down on abuse from alt-right accounts, YouTube is defending hosting propaganda videos from extremist groups that have been kicked off other sites. Neo-Nazi groups like the Atomwaffen Division still have active YouTube presences, despite YouTube users reporting the videos for violating the site’s policies against hate speech. YouTube knows about the videos—and it’s keeping them up, the site told The Daily Beast.”
TODAY: German prosecutors say won’t investigate Facebook over hate postings . “German prosecutors said on Monday they would not open a formal investigation of Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook managers in connection with a complaint alleging the company broke national laws against hate speech and sedition.”
TechCrunch: ECJ to rule on whether Facebook needs to hunt for hate speech. “Austria’s Supreme Court is referring a legal challenge over the extent of Facebook’s responsibility to remove hate speech postings to Europe’s top court for an opinion…. The case has clear implications for freedom of speech online. The original lawsuit against Facebook was filed by the former leader of the Austrian Green Party, Eva Glawischnig, in 2016, after she had sought to have what she claimed were defamatory postings removed from the site (and Facebook had refused to take them down).”