It’s not just domain registrars like GoDaddy that are cracking down on neo-Nazis in the wake of Charlottesville. Facebook and Reddit have both confirmed that they’ve shut down numerous hate groups. Reddit says that it shut down the subreddit ‘Physical_Removal’ for content that “incites violence” and thus violates its content policy. Users in the group hoped that people in anti-hate subreddits and at CNN would be killed, supported concentration camps and even wrote poems about killing.
… Facebook banned several hate groups (including Physical Removal), pulled the event page for the Unite the Right march that conducted the violence and removed most links to a Daily Stormer article trying to justify the murder of protester Heather Heyer. A spokesperson for Facebook says it will keep removing posts which include hate speech, praise violent acts or support hate groups.
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Facebook is freshening up the look of its News Feed with several minor tweaks that add up to a cleaner, more modern user interface. The company announced the changes in a blog post this week, admitting it needed to make its platform appear “more conversational and easier to read and navigate.” The most noticeable change is to the comments, which now appear as separate chat icons. This makes a post’s comment section look more like a Messenger conversation than a thread of individual replies.
… Facebook is also making tiny adjustments to the look of the News Feed. You’ll have to look closely to see the differences, but the general idea was to increase the size of icons and move things around so they’re easier to press. The downside of up-sizing is that you’ll see less content on your smartphone screen at one time.