There is real damage being done to Black people on Facebook, and removing eight white supremacist groups while still allowing this racist abuse to go on is nothing more than performative allyship.
Following the display of white terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, many sites began to drop known white supremacist hate groups from their services. Facebook was among those entities.
Over the years, I and many others have reported a number of white supremacist and white nationalist groups to Facebook. None of them were removed even though, per the “Dangerous Organizations” section of their Community Standards, these groups should not have had a place on the social media platform to begin with. But now, among public and passionate social critique of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, Facebook finally removed eight of them. Eight. There are over one hundred more.
This feels very much like when Facebook hung a Black Lives Matter manner at its headquarters two years ago. Many people commended Zuckerberg for this display and took it as a sign of allyship with Black people, but some of us knew better. Almost immediately, the banner was defaced by its employees, because Facebook employs racists. These Public Displays of Allyship do absolutely nothing to help anyone, especially when Facebook is still fundamentally racist and anti-Black.
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