Facebook began to post to some users in the United States a box in which to indicate, anonymously, if their contact shows signs of extremism‘. A notice that would come after a member has, knowingly or not, seen a post of an extremist nature pass on his wall, in all its forms. As explained to CNN by Andy Stone, a spokesperson for Facebook, the news is part of the ‘Redirect Initiative‘, with which the company promotes organizations against extremism and in support of people blocked in activities of the gender.
In addition to asking for report content against policies, Facebook indicates to users resources and organizations that help leave extremist groups. Among these is Life After Hate which, as the name itself explains, wants fight hatred on the net. “This test is part of our commitment to study various ways to provide support to people in trouble on Facebook, involved or exposed to extremist content, or linked to someone who is at risk – said Stone – we are collaborating with NGOs and academic experts in this field and we hope to have more options to share in the future. ” In the last few years, Facebook has been the subject of close scrutiny by critics for not taking enough action to reduce extremist content on the platform.
In 2020, for example, the company was accused of not closing the page of a group of militiamen who urged armed citizens to take to the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin. The group led by Zuckerberg worked constantly for stop the flow of disinformation and conspiracy theories Although earlier this year, Facebook’s independent supervisory board urged to investigate internally the role played by social media in the January 6 uprising on Capitol Hill.