Maria Montero

Facebook must end far-right activists & # …

Facebook The CEO should end fundraising by far-right activists on the social media platform, said British Labor leader Tom Watson, while criticizing Mark Zuckerberg For having a “disregard for social responsibility,” the media reported.

According to a guardian The report, Tommy Robinson, a British far-right activist with more than 1 million followers on Facebook, has been receiving financial, political and moral support from a hidden global network of American thinktanks, right-wing Australians, and Russian trolls.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds through online donations, some through the social network.

A Facebook sign at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. Image: Reuters

Although Facebook has disabled Robinson’s access to the donation tool, which is intended for charities, supporters who visit Robinson’s Facebook profile continued to head to his website where they could make donations through a form, the newspaper reported Saturday. British.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the action.

“We have removed the” Donate Now “button from this page. This feature is only available for pages that are listed as” charitable organization “and allows them to link to an external website of their choice. As this page is for one person now we have removed this, “the spokesperson said, according to the quote.

Facebook is Robinson’s main social network after he was suspended by Twitter for stating that “Islam promotes killing people” in March, according to the report.

In a blog post, Watson wrote: “Today I ask you to give me a full explanation of how this serious violation of Facebook regulation happened, I promise it will never happen again and as an apology please donate matching funds to Hope Not Hate (an advocacy group based in the UK).

Facebook should be ashamed of allowing Robinson’s efforts to “divide communities and foster hatred,” said Matthew McGregor, campaign director for Hope Not Hate.

“Facebook has continually failed to deal with the fact that its platform is vulnerable to exploitation by extremists, until after it is too late. Warm words after the damage is done do not help reverse the damage done.” added.

In recent years, Facebook has come under constant criticism for its handling of a number of crises, including interference during the 2016 US presidential election and the Brexit vote, allowing the spread of hate speech and rape. data that affects millions of users.