Less than a day after Facebook banned the far-right conspiracy website InfoWars, the site had created a new account, according to CNBC — a signal that banning extremist content will be more of a game of whack-a-mole than a one-time decision by social platforms.
Jones reappeared on Facebook with a page titled “InfoWars is Back,” and immediately hopped on a livestream to decry the ban. But his new page didn’t last, either — the page disappeared after CNBC reached out to Facebook.
“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” Facebook said in a statement, as quoted by The Verge yesterday. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
The takeaway: After years of struggling to deal with hate speech on its platform, Facebook has yet to find a more permanent solution.
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