Facebook has a ‘black list’ with more than 4,000 people and groups that are prohibited from using their social networks because they are related to terrorism or other dangerous activities. The internal reports of the company have been published by The Intercep and collects deceased politicians, writers, music groups and even historical figures.
The documents collect Facebook’s moderation lists that try to enforce its policy of dangerous individuals and organizations. According to this rule, the company rejects the inclusion of people who are associated with hatred, crime, terrorism, paramilitary social movements and violent groups outside the United States.
This is the first time this list has been publicly displayed, yet Facebook’s Content Advisory Council had long recommended that it be taught.
Brian Fishman, Facebook’s director of Counter-Terrorism and Dangerous Organizations Policy, has clarified the reason that had encouraged them not to publish it: “Like other tech companies, we have not shared the list to limit legal risk, limit security risks, and minimize opportunities for groups to circumvent the rules”.
Second, the leaked list is not comprehensive. That matters b/c the list is constantly being updated as teams try to mitigate risk. Like other tech comps, we havent shared the list to limit legal risk, limit security risks, & minimize opportunities for groups to circumvent rules.
— Brian Fishman (@brianfishman) October 12, 2021
Fishman has pointed out that “the filtered list is not exhaustive” So what “constantly updated as teams try to mitigate risk”. Likewise, the Director of Counterterrorism Policies has assured that Facebook is legally bound to “follow american laws”.
The Intercep has not only released the blacklist, but has spoken of Facebook’s policy towards dangerous organizations. Despite the fact that all members of the list are banned from their platforms, they are structured in three levels:
The most dangerous rank is the first. This prohibits users from sharing positive messages or defending violent people or groups of this range, even if they talk about non-violent activities.
Terrorist groups are mainly located in this section. There are approximately 500 criminal organizations among which are more than 250 that are white supremacists.
At this level, Facebook refers to violent individuals who do not belong to the United States. Even though in this situation Users can approve of their non-violent acts, they are not allowed to carry out “substantial support” of the group.
Here are the groups that are susceptible to becoming violent and prone to hate speech. The third level refers mainly to a thousand militarized social groups. These are prohibited from entering Facebook, but other users are allowed to talk about them freely.
Spaniards who are on Facebook’s ‘blacklist’
In the names mentioned in the company’s internal documents, there are some from Spain that appear as “outlaws“. Among them are musical groups of neo-Nazi ideology or individuals linked to ETA.
Despite the fact that the terrorist gang disbanded in 2018, the names of 38 members linked to it appear on this list: Ainhoa Mugica Goni, Aitzol Iriondo Yarza, Alfonso Echegaray Achirica, Alona Munoa Orozgoiti, Angel Alcalde Linares, Antonio Agustin Figal Arranz, Asier Quintana Zorrozua, Carlos Saez De Eguila Murguiondo, Cristina Goiricelaya Gonalez, Eneko Gogeascoechea Arronategui, Enrique Iz , Fermin Vila Michelena, Gorka Palacios Alday, Gracia Morcillo Torres, Inigo Vallejo Franco, Iratxe Sorzabal, Ismael Berasategui Escudero, Itziar Alberdi Uranga, Ivan Apaolaza Sancho, Javier Abaunza Martinez, Jon Inaki Perez Aramburu, Jose Antonio Urruticoechea Bengoechea, Jose Ignacio Reta de Frutos, Juan Antonio Olarra Guridi, Juan Jesus Narvaez Goni, Juan Luis Rubenach Roig, Jurdan Martitegui Lizaso, Kemen Uranga Artola, Leire Echeberria Simarro, Lexuri Gallastegui Sodupe, Lexuri Gallastegui Sodupe, Maria Soledad Iparraguirre Guenechea, Miguel Albisu Iriarte, Miguel de Gariko Rubina, Mikel Otegui Unanue, Paulo Elcoro Ayastuy and Zigor Orbe Sevillano.
On the other hand, Facebook also mentions 8 music groups that are sympathetic or close to the Spanish neo-Nazi movement: 14 Words, Division 250, Banner 88, Identity Generation, White Brothers, Band Klan, Offensive 88 and Zetme 88.
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