Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Madihha Ahussain, special counsel for anti-Muslim bigotry at Muslim Advocates, regarding Facebook’s decision to remove white supremacist Richard Spencer’s two Facebook pages:
“It’s about time.
Following Mark Zuckerberg’s purport this week that Facebook ‘does not allow hate groups’ and an ensuing media fiasco, the company appears to be finally taking early strides to bridge the gap between that claim and the reality – Facebook is plagued by hate groups.
We welcome Facebook’s decision to remove white nationalist Richard Spencer’s bigoted pages. But, let’s not overstate this action: it’s a small and long overdue step on a long road.
We flagged over 20 hate groups that we know of, including ACT for America – the largest anti-Muslim hate group – still running rampant across Facebook’s pages.
If Zuckerberg and Facebook are serious about improving the platform, it’s high time for a full, independent civil rights audit.”
We fact checked Zuckerberg’s no hate group claim in a new video, available here.
Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.