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Want to spread hate on Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg isn’t playing that game

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explains in a post Wednesday why he’s trying to shut down hate and intolerance on his social media site.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explains in a post Wednesday why he’s trying to shut down hate and intolerance on his social media site. The Associated Press

It’s not a secret that racial tensions are running high in the United States. The violence that occurred last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., is a prime example.

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t want any part of it on his social media site.

The Facebook CEO posted why he’s working to shut down pages and profiles of any person or group who tries to use the site to promote hateful activity.

“We aren’t born hating each other. We aren’t born with such extreme views,” Zuckerberg opens in his post Wednesday.

While he admits that some things will be missed, he wants Facebook to be “a place where everyone can feel safe.”

“There is no place for hate in our community,” Zuckerberg wrote. “That’s why we’ve always taken down any post that promotes or celebrates hate crimes or acts of terrorism – including what happened in Charlottesville. With the potential for more rallies, we’re watching the situation closely and will take down threats of physical harm.”

In his post, Zuckerberg says debate is healthy and that Facebook should be a good place to share thoughts and ideas, but there are limits to what’s acceptable.

Facebook isn’t the only organization taking a stand against hate in recent days. CNN reported Wednesday that PayPal is working to make sure anyone who promotes hate is not allowed to use the online payment processor to transfer funds. Also, NPR reported last week that Airbnb canceled bookings for people who were traveling to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

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