Published On: Thu, Mar 28th, 2019

New Zealand PM welcomes Facebook bans on white nationalism, separatism

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FILE PHOTO: New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits Christchurch
FILE PHOTO: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attends a news conference after meeting with first responders who were at the scene of the Christchurch mosque shooting, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

March 28, 2019

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday 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 Friday.

(Reporting by John Mair and Praveen Menon)

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