Facebook announces new policy combating anti-Jewish stereotypes – The Jewish News of Northern California

Posted By on August 14, 2020

Facebook announced that it would ban posts about Jews controlling the world among several other efforts to combat hate speech.

Theannouncementcomes following a monthlongboycott of advertising on Facebook spearheaded by a coalition of civil rights groups led by the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP. More than 1,000 companies participated in the boycott, which was meant to protest Facebooks lack of action against hate speech. The boycott did not have a significant impact on Facebook ad revenue.

In an announcement Tuesday issued by Guy Rosen, the social media platforms vice president of integrity, Facebook said it would ban posts about Jews controlling the world, as well as those containing blackface. Rosen also wrote that Facebook has removed 23 banned organizations from the platform since October, half of which were white supremacist.

Facebook also announced the launch of a Diversity Advisory Council, but did not provide details on what the council would address.

Responding to the announcement, an ADL spokesperson called the changes welcome yet overdue.

Its distressing that it took this long for the platform to crack down on these particular forms of hate, when its quite obvious they should not have been allowed to proliferate in the first place, the ADL statement said. Its equally as disturbing that Facebook still doesnt view Holocaust denial as violative of their terms of service.

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