NZ PM welcomes Facebook bans on white nationalism, separatism

Thursday, 2019-03-28 11:00:43
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Residents pay respect by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. (Photo: AFP)
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on March 28 that she welcomed Facebook Inc's decision to ban praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism on its social media platforms.

"Arguably these categories should always fall within the community guidelines of hate speech, but nevertheless it's positive the clarification has now been made in the wake of the attack in Christchurch," she said at a press conference.

Facebook's ban was a shift in policy after criticism by civil rights groups that it was failing to confront extremism.

Ardern said 59 countries will send diplomatic representatives to a national remembrance service on March 29.