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Facebook Deletes 8 Racist Groups After Charlottesville Violence

Facebook Deletes 8 Racist Groups After Charlottesville Violenceā€

When conversations finally got to the point where employees started hurling offensive words and harassing each other on the forum, Zuckerberg stepped in and put a stop to the debacle once and for all.

Ahead of the rally, the housing booking service Airbnb barred rentals to people it believed were traveling to participate.

Facebook has removed eight groups dedicated to racist content from the networking service following a recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, The Hill newspaper reported. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) has reportedly cut off payments to websites selling Nazi-themed merchandise.

Breaking their silence over the violence at a white supremacist rally in the US, Microsoft's Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella, Apple's Tim Cook and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg have condemned the incident as "horrific" and "a disgrace" to the nation.

Silicon Valley's tech companies and social media networks are stepping up efforts to curb hate speech and incitements to violence posted on their platforms in wake of the Charlottesville clashes.

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"Maintaining the necessary balance between protecting the principles of tolerance, diversity and respect for people of all backgrounds with upholding legitimate free expression and open dialogue can be hard, but we do our very best to achieve it", Franz Paasche, PayPal's senior vice president of Corporate Affairs & Communications, said in a blog post Tuesday.

The EFF does not dispute that tech platforms have the right to choose what kinds of speech to host or protect.

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On the payments side, PayPal has been cracking down on white supremacist accounts, and GoFundMe is banning crowdfunding campaigns for the man who alleged plowed his auto into the crowd killing Heyer.

And what about social media?

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While all employees use a work version of Facebook's website to communicate with one another, several people said that the anonymous group gave many the opportunity to vent their complaints or concerns about company policy and office culture more candidly.

As private companies, the Facebooks and Googles of the world are free to determine who uses their products.

Tech companies have long faced pressure to do more to address hate and harassment online. The Virginia branch of the ACLU helped secure permits for the Unite the Right march last weekend. The EFF warns that censorship at the top level - domains, content delivery systems - are "most sensitive to pervasive censorship".

The company has defended itself by saying service providers shouldn't be censoring content, but Cloudflare decided Wednesday to end its business with the Daily Stormer.

The Daily Stormer white supremacist website refused to die Friday and resurfaced instead at a new domain safeguarded by a Seattle-based cyber protection firm in the aftermath of being almost driven offline in the wake of this week's deadly far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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