The reports of Facebook's internal move come as Silicon Valley companies attempt to protect free speech while curbing hate speech, a goal that has grown in importance since violence claimed the life of a women protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. US President Donald Trump had blamed "both sides" for the deadly violence at the white supremacist rally.
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.
Facebook board member and Zuckerberg mentor Peter Thiel was the most high-profile Trump supporter in Silicon Valley. Facebook uses a combination of automation, human moderators, and flagging by users to screen for content that violates its community standards.
"We've always taken down any post that promotes or celebrates hate crimes or acts of terrorism - including what happened in Charlottesville", wrote Zuckerberg. Its policy is not to remove a post or page unless it supports or threatens violence.
Zuckerberg further explained that the social media site is "watching the situation closely and will take down threats of physical harm". After Go-Daddy de-registered domain of the racist site the Daily Stormer and gaming chat app Discord shut down the accounts associated with the attack, social networking sites Facebook and Reddit have started targeting hate groups.
While hate groups will simply migrate to other platforms, removing them from public ones such as Facebook will make them not so easy to access.
"There may always be some evil in the world, and maybe we can't do anything about that", Zuckerberg said in the closing of his post. "Previous year we disabled any anonymous internal groups or pages within Facebook, and reminded our people of the places at our company where they can have discussions about issues that matter to them, openly or confidentially as appropriate", Facebook Head of People Lori Goler was also quoted as saying in the article.