Facebook Bans Posts Supporting White Nationalism Facebook announced today that it was banning support for white nationalism and white separatism from its platform, deciding that the two ideologies were virtually indistinguishable from white supremacy, which was already against the rules. Previously, Facebook rules drew a distinction between white supremacy and the other two categories — one that various civil right organizations found to be ridiculous. The companys reversal was first reported by , which also uncovered internal docs last year. We didnt originally apply the same rationale to expressions of white nationalism and separatism because we were thinking about broader concepts of nationalism and separatism — things like American pride and Basque separatism, which are an important part of peoples identity, Facebook wrote in a announcing the change. Brian Fishman, Facebooks policy director for counterterrorism, told Motherboard that the language and the rhetoric that is used and the ideology that it represents overlaps to a degree that it is not a meaningful distinction. In addition to minimizing the presence of white supremacy on Facebook, the company is also taking a more proactive measure, redirecting people who search for white supremacist terms to , a program founded by reformed extremists committed to helping people leave the violent far right. A sample screenshot shows that a user who searches the term heil hitler on Facebook will be presented with a banner at the top of the results warning them that these keywords may be associated with dangerous groups and individuals. In a statement, Rashad Robinson, the president of racial justice organization Color of Change, said, Facebooks update should move Twitter, YouTube, and Amazon to act urgently to stem the growth of white nationalist ideologies, which find space on platforms to spread the violent ideas and rhetoric that inspired the tragic attacks witnessed in Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, and now Christchurch. The move, unequivocally a step in the right direction, is sure to receive some pushback from Facebooks critics on the right, who often claim Facebook has an anti conservative bias. Republican representative Steve King, for instance, has often parroted standard white nationalist talking points. He told a last year that Westerners are being replaced by other peoples babies — the same idea the Christchurch shooter used to justify his actions. The man who committed the mass shooting in New Zealand earlier this month and livestreamed the massacre on Facebook uploaded a manifesto that referred to Muslims as invaders and showed obvious signs of the authors having been radicalized online. While Facebooks decision follows that event closely, its announcement today said the company has undertaken conversations with members of civil society and academics who are experts in race relations over the past three months. Buttigieg is certainly the class overachiever of the 2020 primary class The case against the self professed neo Nazi who killed Heather Heyer in Charlottesville has closed A rare bipartisan consensus: everyone wants to see the full Mueller report A glimpse of progress in todays Brexit debacle What does Parliament want? Theres some intelligent debate going on in the House Energy and Commerce Committee The list gets just a little longer Stacey Abrams says on The View that shes not interested in running on a Biden ticket as VP An idea floated by advisers of Joe Biden to designate Stacey Abrams of Georgia as his running mate before the primaries was dismissed Wednesday by Abrams herself. According to last week, the former vice president, who would be 78 on Election Day, might try to win over a younger and more diverse group of voters by forming a ticket with Abrams, who is 45, an African American woman and former Democratic leader in the Georgia Legislature who won national attention in her spirited race for governor last year. , Bidens advisers were debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Stacey Abrams as his vice president. I think you dont run for second place, said Abrams when asked about the idea. If Im going to enter a primary, then Im going to enter a primary. If I dont enter a primary, my job is to make certain the best Democrat becomes the nominee and, whoever wins the primary, that we make certain that person gets elected in 2020. The answer: probably not What a great boss The big question: How much of it will be redacted? A big moment in Facebooks efforts to combat extremism In a major policy shift for the worlds biggest social media network, Facebook banned white nationalism and white separatism on its platform Tuesday. Facebook will also begin directing users who try to post content associated with those ideologies to a nonprofit that helps people leave hate groups, Motherboard has learned. The new policy, which will be officially implemented next week, highlights the , which govern the speech of more than 2 billion users worldwide. And Facebook still has to effectively enforce the policies if it is really going to diminish hate speech on its platform. A disturbing glimpse at the terrible human toll of Medicaid work requirements Elizabeth Cloinger, 47, who lives in a trailer next to her cousins house just outside town, thought she was complying with the new rules. She has been on Medicaid for years and already had a job, working seven days most weeks as a home health aide. Her wages — 9.25 an hour, with 50 cents more for hospice patients — and her hours met the new rules. Yet she received a June letter saying she needed to verify that her income made her eligible, or she would be cut off. She called the listed phone number and faxed information to a state employee in Pine Bluff. She was told that, like many people, she was exempt from the work requirements — in her case, because she was caring for her 20 year old daughter recovering from a car accident and her 3 year old granddaughter. In all these months, Cloinger hasnt seen a doctor for the swelling in her right foot, which makes it hard to stand for long. Nor has she addressed the throbbing around the scar from her hysterectomy two years ago. Gee, what accounts for this sudden shift in opinion? Will anyone still believe this?