Facebook failed to remove the Kenosha Militia Event that led to mass riots and even brutal killings in Wisconsin. The movement called for people to bring weapons and promote violence.
Last week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the social media site removed the event and the page calling people to arms. However, reports claim that it was not the business doing that saw its complete withdrawal from its pages.
Sources say the Kenosha Guard organizers website and event went up in numbers after the killings. The event, called “Armed People to Defend Our Lives and Property,” generated a large traffic. It involved participants that led to violent demonstrations and horrific killings at the end of August.
Concerned people reported the incident. Facebook claimed it was notified of the case right before the information hit the news and social media. Notwithstanding this, Facebook struggled to control the group that contributed to the violence.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, shared his regret and compassion for the victims. He said the company would delete the event and website, as it did on August 25, to avoid more harm.
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Zuckerberg promised that Facebook would take action to help stop the abuse both in the real-world and online. The CEO worked on behalf of the Facebook organization. Its moderators agreed on the decision.
The Kenosha Guard page may not have been permitted on the social network, in compliance with the laws of Facebook. An August 19 amendment to the company’s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy specifically bans US-based paramilitary organizations that “have promoted violent activities.”
Despite this assertion and pledge, however, reports indicate that Facebook has struggled to do its best to make the world safer with its failures in eliminating the website.
Allegedly, Facebook got 455 comments on the Kenosha Guard page but did not take any action. The inaction contributed to further abuse.
According to Zuckerberg, the ‘operational error’ of Facebook was the organization’s vulnerabilities. The incident resulted in multiple killings. Some of which were carried out by a 17-year-old gunman, Kyle Rittenhouse.
Facebook faces harsh criticism
Joan Donovan, Director of Technology and Social Impact Research Initiative at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, said Facebook is more concerned with protecting their credibility and popularity than the community’s best interests.
“Facebook didn’t just fail Kenosha,” Donovan said. “It continues to fail us all when they don’t exhibit the moral faculties and technical readiness to prevent this tragedy and the next one,” she added.
Criticisms and speculations surfaced when the spokeswoman for Facebook confirmed that the company did not directly delete the event, but rather the promoters. On the other side, Liz Borgeois defends the social network saying the organization has deleted the Kenosha Guard channel.
Concerned citizens also mentioned that Facebook dismissed their reports. They claimed that despite its strict implementation against online militias, the event does not contravene Community standards or policies.
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