Mark Zuckerberg: Charlottesville Prompts Facebook Hate Crackdown

Facebook shut down an internal pro Trump discussion group because of harassment says report

An anonymous pro Trump discussion group attracted hundreds of Facebook workers before Mark Zuckerberg shut it down after the 2016

While this group was never meant to be exclusively for conservatives, it eventually morphed into a quasi-safe space for right-leaning employees.

The social giant closed the forum, FB Anon, after a flurry of offensive posts, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and Business Insider.

"I don't think they really thought there would be too many people on the Trump side", said the former employee. This behaviour alarmed Facebook management and evetually the platform was shut down. He said the forum had been used to harass people, adding that the behavior wouldn't be tolerated.

Going forward, Zuckerberg says Facebook will allow and encourage discourse on the behemoth social media platform, within limits.

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Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The closure of the group named "Facebook Anon", in which users could write comments freely without revealing their identities, drew fire from right-leaning employees of the company.

He also said he wanted to do something about all the "polarization" in our culture, to bring more "balance, nuance and depth" to public conversations to "bring people closer together".

Facebook had previously run into problems with the anonymous group during the Black Lives Matter movement previous year, around the time Zuckerberg spoke out against workers who crossed out "Black Lives Matter" and wrote "All Lives Matter" on the walls of the company's California headquarters. We've seen this in misclassifying hate speech in political debates in both directions - taking down accounts and content that should be left up and leaving up content that was hateful and should be taken down.

"I believe we can do something about the parts of our culture that teach a person to hate someone else". Earlier this month, an anti-diversity "manifesto" went viral inside Google, infuriating its employees. The employee who wrote the document argued that "the representation gap between men and women in software engineering persists because of biological differences between the two sexes". "Discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business". Others, however, including far-right publications and Internet personalities, celebrated Damore as a newfound hero.

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