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Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Facebook's Zuckerberg condemns hate groups

Facebook's Zuckerberg condemns hate groups

"Past year we disabled any anonymous internal groups or pages within Facebook, and reminded our people of the places at our company where they can have discussions about issues that matter to them, openly or confidentially as appropriate", Facebook Head of People Lori Goler was also quoted as saying in the article.

The forum was created in May 2015, and worked as an online discussion group in which employees could anonymously talk with eachother.

But the WSJ report notes management's response to the FB Anon group "illustrates Facebook's struggle to cultivate open, freewheeling debate, while still following company rules of decency to not alienate employees with racist and sexist views" - and one casualty of the shutdown was another anonymous page for female and minority employees to discuss allegations of mistreatment at the company. The discussion spot gave employees the chance to talk about their complaints and concerns about the company's policy and office culture, including light topics, like whether they should take home extra dinner from the cafeteria.

According to the reports, the forum was increasingly used by right-leaning Facebook employees ahead of the election. Members of the forum reportedly put up posters at Facebook's campus before the election that read "Trump Supporters Welcome".

This comes after anonymous in house chat-room on the social media site, dubbed FB Anon was shut down in December of 2016. Here months after its shut down, Zuckerberg claimed Facebook had taken steps because the forum had eventually become a means to harass.

Zuckerberg did not mention President Trump in the post. Indeed, Facebook has been involved in many controversies surrounding its perceived failure in responding to controversial content on the site, especially those of a sexual or violent nature.

He also said he wanted to do something about all the "polarization" in our culture, to bring more "balance, nuance and depth" to public conversations to "bring people closer together". A year ago we disabled any anonymous internal groups or pages within Facebook, and reminded our people of the places at our company where they can have discussions about issues that matter to them, openly or confidentially as appropriate.

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