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Mark Zuckerberg closes internal Facebook Anon group over being political

20 August 2017, 01:01 | Maryann Sutton

Mark Zuckerberg closes internal Facebook Anon group over being political

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In a statement to Business Insider, Facebook said the group violated the company's Terms of Service.

Business Insider reported early Thursday that the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg later responded to criticisms, saying that the group originally meant to be a platform for sharing concerns and opinions about the workplace, turned into a hotbed of harassment and thus was closed by the management.

An online discussion group inside Facebook in which employees talked anonymously turned ugly and was ultimately shut down previous year by CEO Mark Zuckerberg after the divisiveness of the United States presidential election transformed the forum into a hub for political comments that alarmed management, according to several people familiar with the matter. According to Business Insider, after Facebook chose to shut down the group, an anime character and the words "Silenced, but not silent" started appearing across the company campus. If the platform finds out you're using a fake name or a borrowed identity, it will shut down your account.

Business Insider reports that Facebook has shut down an anonymous online discussion group called "Facebook Anon" that was created in May of 2105 and was meant to be used by employees to anonymously express their concerns and opinions about the Facebook company. By December, Facebook shut down the anonymous group, but it explained to employees why only months later at a recurring all-hands meeting, according to the report. This has generated a big polemic debate around the world, and social media has taken part of it.

Facebook shuttered an anonymous internal forum late previous year after people using the message board posted sexist and racist comments, according to two reports on Wednesday. James Damore, a former Google employee who criticized the search giant's diversity initiatives in an internal memo, sparked condemnation from many who saw his views as sexist.

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There is no place for hate in our community. Both social-media companies have stepped up their efforts to remove extremist content, deleting hundreds of thousands of accounts. The group was created as a side project by a handful of employees in early 2015.

After Zuckerberg's answer, a poster was put up in Facebook's campus that said: "Silenced, but not silent".

"People have wondered, why are they so focused on Islamic extremism, and not white nationalism or white supremacy in their own backyard?" said Emma Llanso, director of the Center for Democracy & Technology's Free Expression Project. 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.

The EFF is said to believe that no one - including the government and private companies should be allowed to decide who is able to speak or not.

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