Facebook reportedly axes internal 'conservative-leaning' chatroom which turned racist, sexist

Neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer has been pushed offline or perhaps to the dark web by companies such as GoDaddy, Google and Cloudflare, which one by one made it impossible for the news and commentary provider to keep operating as before after it published an article that slammed the dead victim of the violence in Charlottesville.

Ever since Donald Trump won the 2016 election last November, people have been questioning Facebook's role in politics, and its role in creating the ideological echo chambers that divide us.

"With the potential for more rallies, we're watching the situation closely and will take down threats of physical harm", the CEO said.

He added: "We aren't born hating each other".

The group reportedly putting up posters in Facebook's campus before the election reading "Trump Supporters Welcome". "We aren't born with such extreme views", he wrote. History has taught us this time and time again, both in the United States and countries around the world.

Silicon Valley's tech companies and social media networks are stepping up efforts to curb hate speech and incitements to violence posted on their platforms in wake of the Charlottesville clashes. We may not be able to solve every problem, but...

In the recent years Facebook, as well as other social media platforms have come under fire for allegedly not doing enough to fight propaganda and extremism.

While all employees use a work version of Facebook's website to communicate with one another, several people said that the anonymous group gave many the opportunity to vent their complaints or concerns about company policy and office culture more candidly.

In his post, Zuckerberg says debate is healthy and that Facebook should be a good place to share thoughts and ideas, but there are limits to what's acceptable.

According to reports, the online discussion group inside Facebook where employees conversed anonymously turned ugly and transformed the forum into a hub for political comments. These internal challenges also mirror the difficulties the platform faces when it comes to policing speech for its two billion users. As a Jew, it's something I've wondered much of my life.

At the same time however, Facebook has against a German that will see it, and other, fined up to Euro 50 million if they fail to remove hate speech and other illegal content from their site within days of being notified.

According to BBC, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has said, "We strongly believe that what GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare did here was risky, because internet intermediaries, especially those with few competitors, control so much online speech, the consequences of their decisions have far-reaching impacts on speech around the world". "We need to bring people closer together, and I know we can make progress at that", he said.

In a comment posted by himself on his Facebook account, Mark Zuckerberg condemned the violent acts that shook the entire world, but firstly the US.

  • David Armstrong