Facebook has banned nearly 1,000 groups on a leaked private list of “militarized” social movements, which are also part of the “dangerous individuals and organizations” (DIO) list prepared by the social network.
According to a report by The Intercept, which first published the list, Facebook took most of the names in the terrorism category directly from the US government.
On Tuesday, the report said: “Almost 1,000 entries to the Dangerous Terrorist List mention a ‘designation source’ of ‘SDGT’, or Specially Designated Global Terrorists, a sanctions list maintained by the Treasury Department and created. by George W Bush in immediately after the September 11 attacks. “
In many cases, the names on Facebook’s list include passport and phone numbers found on the official SDGT list.
“The lists appear to create two disparate systems, with the heaviest sanctions applied to strongly Muslim regions and communities,” said Faiza Patel, co-director of the Freedom and National Security program at the Brennan Center for Justice, who reviewed the material. .
The list suggests that “Facebook – like the US government – views Muslims as the most dangerous.”
In contrast, Patel told The Intercept: “Hate groups designated as anti-Muslim hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center are overwhelmingly absent from Facebook lists. “
In a Twitter thread, Director of Counterterrorism and Dangerous Organizations Policy Brian Fishman said the leaked list was “not exhaustive.”
“Facebook doesn’t want violence to be organized or facilitated on its platform and the listing (of dangerous individuals and organizations) is an effort to prevent high-risk groups from doing so. It’s not perfect. , but that’s why it exists, ”he tweeted.
“This is adversarial space, so we try to be as transparent as possible while prioritizing safety, limiting legal risks and preventing groups from bending our rules,” Fishman added.
Facebook’s list of “dangerous individuals” also includes white supremacist groups, hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, and branches of Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
Facebook categories are divided into levels. Level 1 includes hate and terrorist groups, level 2 includes “violent non-state actors” such as armed rebels, and “militarized” social movements are referred to as level 3.
In 2020, Facebook identified 600 “militarized” social movements and deleted around 2,400 pages and 14,200 groups maintained by them.
Facebook has also banned all forms of content related to the radical QAnon conspiracy group.