Nicholas' dark helper: Facebook banned the Zwarte Piet

Facebook is exacerbating the pace against racist and anti-Semitic stereotypes and want to banish, therefore, photos of White with black Greasepaint in the face,

Nicholas' dark helper: Facebook banned the Zwarte Piet

Facebook is exacerbating the pace against racist and anti-Semitic stereotypes and want to banish, therefore, photos of White with black Greasepaint in the face, as well as allegations that Jews controlled the world, from the platform. "Such content were always against the spirit of our rules," said the competent Facebook Manager Monika Bickert on Tuesday. A consequence is that of the controversial Dutch St. Nicholas's helper "Zwarte Piet" should no longer be shown with thick black make-up on Facebook and Instagram.

one of the "Blackface"stereotypes Facebook black make-up, thick lips and a curly hair wig. Photos, drawings or Videos of the stereotypes Pieten can be removed according to Instructions of users of the platforms.

"Not acceptable"

"Facebook finds it unacceptable that people are discriminated by certain contributions and not feel safe," the company said. "Sinterklaas is a Feast for all." Sinterklaas, St. Nicholas in the Netherlands and Belgium, accompanied by the black-painted assistants to at one of his performances.

In the social networks was reacting violently to the scheme. Supporters of the Pieten speak of an "attack on freedom of expression". Anti-racism organisations praise the "positive and encouraging Signal".

In the Netherlands, is already arguing for years violently to the "Zwarte Piet". For many Dutch people, especially black, is the presentation of the Piet racist. Internationally, the Netherlands is criticized for violently.

Seven million posts deleted

under the new regulation, but also the context plays a role, - said Bickert. If someone wanted to such point by the publication of a "Blackface"photos on the behavior of a politician is something else. There could also be other situations in which people's photos with "Blackface" on the platform without any offensive intention, as published, limited the Facebook-Managergin. Facebook wishing to take into account in the implementation of such "nuances", as in the case of the Netherlands. The scheme is new and will not yet applied.

Facebook made the announcement during the quarterly presentation of Numbers to enforce its house rules. It also meant that from April to June, more than seven million articles with information on the Coronavirus have been deleted, which could endanger the Online network, according to the health of people. Around 98 million less dangerous contents, with dubious information had been provided with warnings.

Facebook drives for some time a harder line against potentially dangerous information, about the alleged Corona treatments. The group was also with the American President Donald Trump to each other.

The company admitted at the same time that it is the Corona-crisis make more difficult, in the case of contributions to intervene, pointing out that users want to do harm. The same is true of abuse for a child. While for the detection of such hate speech automated Software was to be used, in these cases, the role of the human controller is very large. The shift from the office to the home office have complicated their work because of home often the environment is to View such posts are not given, stated Facebook Manager Guy Rosen.

Updated Date: 12 August 2020, 07:20

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