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Facebook finally bans white nationalism and white separatism

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Facebook is reversing course and banning white nationalism and white separatism from its platform.

Motherboard reported on Wednesday that Facebook is shifting its policy on white nationalism and white separatism and made the decision to ban them from the platform one day prior. Shortly after Motherboard’s report, Facebook posted a statement, titled “Standing Against Hate,” on its website confirming the policy update.

As part of the policy update, Facebook will also direct users searching for content related to white supremacy on its platform to Life After Hate, a nonprofit organization that provides support and education to help people leave hate groups and movements. Read more…

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Ben Simmons shouts out Australian legend ‘egg boy’ on his sneakers

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The now famous teen who cracked an egg on the head of an Australian politician certainly has some high profile fans.

Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons paid tribute to the 17-year-old kid known as “egg boy,” by writing the teen’s name on his yellow shoes before the game against the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.

The team’s mental performance coach, Paddy Steinfort, posted the image of Simmons’ sneakers in his Instagram story. That’s a pretty awesome shout out.

Ben Simmons giving a shout out to Egg Boy on court for the 76ers tonight (via @pjsteinfort) pic.twitter.com/zPJMEZ7zwn

— Tom Steinfort (@tomsteinfort) March 19, 2019 Read more…

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Facebook says the original New Zealand shooter video was viewed about 4,000 times before removal

Facebook released new figures about its attempts to stop the spread of videos after a shooter livestreamed his attacks on two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques last Friday, killing 50 people. In a blog post, Facebook vice president and deputy general counsel Chris Sonderby said that the video was viewed less than 200 times during the […]

Facebook has removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand shooting, but questions remain

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We already knew that Facebook moved quickly on Thursday to stop videos of the New Zealand mass shooting from spreading, but now we have some actual numbers.

In a public statement and identical series of tweets dispensed by Facebook Newsroom, the company confirms that 1.5 million videos were removed in the first 24 hours following the terror attack on two New Zealand mosques that left 50 dead and 50 injured as of Sunday. Of those, 1.2 million were stopped before they were even uploaded.

The news and accompanying statement comes from Facebook exec Mia Garlick:

In the first 24 hours we removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, of which over 1.2 million were blocked at upload…

— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) March 17, 2019 Read more…

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