Facebook blocks “Whites vs. Migrants” video from Hungarian MP
Social media giant Facebook has been under pressure for the last 12 months to be more proactive when it comes to policing the content on its site. Driven by a spate of Russian political advertising which influenced the last U.S. electoral cycle, as well as complaints over “fake news” and extremist material, regulators and the public have become more aware of the dangers inherent in social media. But Facebook isn’t resting on its laurels – as demonstrated by a recent event.
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A senior Hungarian minister in Vienna recently tried to upload an anti-immigration video to Facebook, which portrays white Austrians living “in fear of Muslim immigrants” before the country’s upcoming election.
It’s part of an anti-immigration campaign being run by current Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party, which is seeking reelection. The party was in the lead, running on a platform that promises to defend “Europe’s Christian heritage” against foreign sensibilities – but it suffered a by-election defeat last month that is seeing it ramp up its messaging.
Austrian officials have responded that they are “bewildered and shocked” by this “sad example of xenophobia,” and concede that the film was “inappropriate”. Facebook agrees, and removed the video as an infringement of principles “forbindding comments that attack people based on their racial, ethnic, or religious identity.”
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