After Charlottesville, tech companies are forced to take action against hate speech
Silicon Valley spent years preaching a hands-off approach to even the most extreme speech in the interest of connecting the entire world.
After Charlottesville, that’s changing quickly.
Facebook, Google, Spotify, Squarespace, and a variety of other tech companies are taking action to curb the use of their platforms and services by organizations associated with far-right organizations. The effort, though apparently uncoordinated, is among the most aggressive campaigns yet to push a particular group off the internet’s mainstream spaces.
The moves come in the immediate aftermath of a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the “Unite The Right” rally, organized in part on Facebook, resulted in three deaths and dozens of injuries. The Facebook Event page for the rally, which drew a mix of white nationalists, self-identified Nazi, and the alt-right, was live for more than a month before Facebook removed it, Business Insider reported. It was only shut down one day prior to the rally. Read more…