Motherboard: Facebook Is Reviewing its Policy on White Nationalism After Motherboard Investigation, Civil Rights Backlash. “Facebook told Motherboard it’s currently reviewing its policies on white supremacy, white nationalism, and white separatism after a series of meetings with civil rights leaders, reporting by Motherboard on these policies, and a forceful letter from a civil rights group formed under the direction of President John F. Kennedy.”
Washington Post: Racism and anti-Semitism surged in corners of the Web after Trump’s election, analysis shows. “Racist and anti-Semitic content has surged on shadowy social media platforms — spiking around President Trump’s Inauguration Day and the ‘Unite the Right Rally’ in Charlottesville — spreading hate speech and extremist views to mainstream audiences, according to an analysis published this week. The findings, from a newly formed group of scientists named the Network Contagion Research Institute who studied hundreds of millions of social media messages, bolster a growing body of evidence about how extremist speech online can be fueled by real-world events.”
CBC: Digital archive of old B.C. textbooks highlights ‘constant dehumanizing of Indigenous people’. “Pia Russell does her work and research deep in the archives of the library at the University of Victoria — but is making sure that the legacy of prejudice she’s uncovering in old school textbooks is not forgotten. Russell, a subject librarian at UVic’s McPherson Library who is responsible for Indigenous studies, has started creating a digital collection of historical textbooks used in B.C. schools since 1866.”
Daily Maverick: David Goldblatt: Documenting a country’s values in visuals. “As the world hears of the death of renowned photographer David Goldblatt at the age of 87 on 25 June, 2018, his photographs remind us of the life and times of generations living under apartheid – and beyond.” A digital archive is planned for Mr. Goldbatt’s work.
The Logic: Facebook allowed housing and employment advertisers to exclude users with Indigenous interests. “Facebook said it has disabled advertisers from screening out housing and employment applicants who are interested in Indigenous Peoples, hours after being contacted by The Logic.”
Penn State Collegian: Racial slurs in Snapchat videos bring free speech, hate speech into the spotlight at Penn State. “Over the weekend, two white female college students recorded themselves vocalizing racial slurs from a rap song and posted the videos to social media. By Monday night, one of those students had been removed from her sorority at William Paterson University, and the other brought Penn State under fire.” Unfortunately this kind of thing happens a lot and if I included every instance in RB I would have no room for anything else. I am including this particular example because the article is extensive and shows the evolution of both community pushback and university response.
Vice: White nationalist Richard Spencer’s pages just got kicked off Facebook. “Two Facebook pages associated with white nationalist Richard Spencer have been kicked off the platform. The outspoken white nationalist who coined the term “alt-right” and runs the National Policy Institute, had been operating in the open on Facebook. The National Policy Institute, which advocates for a white ‘ethnostate,’ had a page with 4,000 followers. Spencer’s online magazine ‘Altright.com’ also had a Facebook page with more than 10,000 followers. Both were removed Friday after an inquiry from VICE News about those pages and those of several other prominent hate groups.”