Facebook shouldn’t cen­sor na­tion­al­ism

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I find white na­tion­al­ism ab­hor­rent, but of­fen­sive state­ments are made ev­ery day ev­ery­where. Peo­ple have dif­fer­ent opin­ions, and some peo­ple do go out of their way to get un­der the skin of oth­ers and worse. With Facebook ban­ning ex­plicit praise, sup­port or rep­re­sen­ta­tion of white na­tion­al­ism and white sep­a­ratism on Facebook and In­sta­gram, the so­cial me­dia giant is help­ing raise an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple who have no idea how to foster ci­vil­ity and how to dis­cuss a trou­bling is­sue with­out re­sort­ing to scream­ing or swing­ing. Or peo­ple who, when they don’t like or be­lieve in some­thing, don’t know how to turn it off or try to un­der­stand the mo­ti­va­tions be­hind some­thing.

Only by un­der­stand­ing all sides can one fully un­der­stand a prob­lem. Many of us don’t want to hear much of what is in the pub­lic do­main, but I won­der, when we be­gin cen­sor­ship of any kind, who will cen­sor the cen­sor?

Ger­ald Hoff­man New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

FACEBOOK USA TO­DAY OPIN­ION

This is a great move by Facebook. It’s also im­por­tant to fo­cus on the fact that Twit­ter en­cour­ages racism and white su­prem­a­cist fol­low­ers by look­ing the other way when these types of mes­sages are hurled on their plat­form. Chip Shirley

I fully agree that racism of any kind is wrong! I also be­lieve that racism should be de­fined as an ac­tion, not a word or thought.

This ac­tion by Facebook will only make right-leaning peo­ple af­firm that they are be­ing at­tacked by the left and have them be­come more en­trenched in their be­liefs. Steve Abee

So will Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and some Re­pub­li­cans, the great­est pro­lif­er­a­tors of white na­tion­al­ism and racism, be booted off Facebook or In­sta­gram?

An­drew Ja­son Neu­mann

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