Over the weekend, a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent when one of the members of a hate organization drove into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19 others. However, Facebook said it has no plans to change its guidelines following the racially-motivated violence. This is notable in the wake of other major tech companies, including Airbnb and GoDaddy, taking strong stands against white supremacists using their platforms.
While it may not be strengthening its rules, Facebook remains committed to deleting incidents of hate speech or content that seeks to incite violence. The day before the rally in Charlottesville, Facebook removed an event promoting it after the site realized the event was connected to hate groups. But unfortunately, the event was posted for a month before its removal.
“Our hearts go out to the people affected by the tragic events in Charlottesville,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “Facebook does not allow hate speech or praise of terrorist acts or hate crimes, and we are actively removing any posts that glorify the horrendous act committed in Charlottesville.”
Facebook condemns bigotry and hatred and does not allow white supremacists to operate on its site. But still, many expect the company to do more to combat the problem.