Many neo-Nazi membership groups are thriving on social media platforms despite these companies’ commitment to counter extremism, the Associated Press reports.
Why is this important: Dozens of far-right groups are using their platforms Facebook, YouTube and Instagram to spread their ideology, attract recruits and generate millions in sales through events and merchandise.
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The big picture: The Counter Extremism project found 39 Instagram profiles, 16 Twitter profiles and 34 YouTube channels, which got more than 9.5 million views, which were flagged as extremists by the German government, by AP.
Groups on Facebook avoid gross rule violations such as the use of hate speech or the display of swastikas. But by clicking the “View Store” button on a group’s Facebook page, shirts for sale labeled “My favorite color is white” are displayed.
Facebook told AP it employs 350 people whose main job is to combat terrorism and organized hatred, and that it is investigating the pages and accounts reported.
A Facebook spokesperson said the company removed more than 6 million organized hate-related content globally between April and June and is working to go even faster, according to AP.
What they say: “We ban organizations and individuals who proclaim a violent mission or who are engaged in violence,” the Facebook spokesperson said, according to AP.
Google said it had no interest in giving visibility to hateful content on YouTube and was reviewing identified accounts, according to AP.
A Twitter spokesperson told AP it is committed to ensuring that public conversation is “safe and healthy” and that “threatening or promoting violent extremism is against our rules.”
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