Facebook cracked down on hate speech this week following deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. It even shut down the Facebook and Instagram accounts of one white nationalist who was prominently featured in a widely-shared Vice News documentary about the hate rally.
The man, Christopher Cantwell, helped lead the Charlottesville rally, and spoke at length about his beliefs in the Vice documentary. In the film, he calls the death of a counter protester “justified,” and says that his group will “kill these people if we have to.”
“I’m carrying a pistol, I go to the gym all the time, I’m trying to make myself more capable of violence,” he’s filmed saying.
Now, a warrant is allegedly out for Cantwell’s arrest, and Facebook said in a statement that it has removed both his profile and a page affiliated with a podcast he hosts. The company also shut down his Instagram profile. Cantwell himself seems shaken by the sudden public backlash, crying in a video posted online and saying he’s “terrified.”
Facebook often takes heat for removing the wrong content or censoring users who don’t deserve it, but in this case, the company acted swiftly and appropriately to rid its platform of this disgusting hate speech.