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Facebook bans Faith Goldy and ‘dangerous’ alt-right groups

Facebook is banning far-right political commentator Faith Goldy, white nationalist crusader Kevin Goudreau and various extremist groups, the social media company said Monday.

The company said it has longstanding policies on extremist content and organized hate groups and is barring the individuals and organizations under its “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations” community standards policy.

Goldy’s views have been described as far-right white nationalist. She was fired from Rebel Media in 2017 after taking part in a neo-Nazi podcast.

“Individuals and organizations who spread hate, attack, or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are have no place on Facebook. That’s why we have a policy on dangerous individuals and organizations, which states that we do not allow those who are engaged in offline ‘organized hate’ to have a presence on Facebook,” reads a statement from Facebook.

“The individuals and organizations we have banned today violate this policy, and they will no longer be allowed a presence on our services. Our work against organized hate is ongoing and we will continue to review individuals, pages, groups and content against our community standards.”

Facebook said the Canadian Nationalist Front, Aryan Strikeforce, Wolves of Odin and Soldiers of Odin (also known as Canadian Infidels) have also been banned from “having any further presence” on its services. The company said it also intends to remove content affiliated with those banned, including linked pages and groups.

The pages began to disappear from Facebook this morning.

Facebook works with various academics and organizations around the world to determine which ones are hate organizations.

Last week, Goldy tweeted that she had been barred from the Airbnb home-sharing service.

A search for Kevin Goudreau on Facebook turns up this image. (CBC News)

Last month, the Liberal government announced a special fund for research into right-wing extremism. Through it, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology got a three-year grant of $366,985 to conduct interviews with law enforcement, community anti-hate activists and former and current extremists to gain a better understanding of the beliefs, motivations and activities of extremists.

The U.K. announced plans today to fine or block internet sites that fail to stop online hate, terrorist propaganda or child abuse.

Under the plan, a new watchdog will be appointed to establish a new regulatory regime to stop revenge pornography, hate crimes, harassment and the sale of illegal goods, as well as other “harmful behaviour” such as cyber-bullying and spreading fake news.

Article source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/facebook-faith-goldy-ban-alt-right-1.5088827?cmp=rss

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