On Tuesday, Facebook announced that they shut down pages and accounts associated with alleged hate groups including American Guard. The group allegedly discussed bringing weapons to protests occurring nationwide against police brutality and racism. The Anti-Defamation League accused the group of having connections to “anti-immigrant extremism, hatred and violence”. Facebook also removed accounts linked to the far-right group Proud Boys. Facebook removes accounts and pages associated with alleged hate groups
The moves sparked criticism from some conservative groups as being a form of censorship and restrictive. On the other hand, many hailed the actions as rightful suppression of violence-glorifying hate groups.
The actions come following a recent walkout staged by Facebook employees against CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to not remove a controversial series of posts by President Trump. The moves also come amid renewed public debate on the rights of social media platforms in content regulation.