Why Facebook Censored a “Racist” Video from Hungary’s Government — Then Put It Back

By David Gilbert, VICE News

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Facebook just did something it rarely does: It removed a government video for violating the platform’s standards.

The tech giant on Wednesday removed an anti-migrant video posted by the chief of staff to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Facebook said the video, which claimed immigrants had pushed “white Christians” out of parts of Vienna, making it “dirtier” and “poorer,” had violated its user policy by attacking people based on their racial, ethnic, or religious identity.

Facebook’s confused response to the latest incident of hate speech highlights the company’s struggle as it’s increasingly used by political groups worldwide to amplify their message, said Nikita Malik, director of the Centre for the Response to Radicalization and Terrorism at the Henry Jackson Society.

“Facebook must be clearer about its own definitions of ‘hate content’ and ‘extremism’,” Malik said. “Perhaps because this video came from a political party and is part of an election strategy, Facebook were reticent to remove it entirely.”

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