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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: It should be obvious that neo-Nazis are wrong

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: It should be obvious that neo-Nazis are wrong

On Wednesday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg joined the growing ranks of media moguls to openly denounce the actions of alt-right ralliers over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. After Zuckerberg addressed employees about the forum, another poster was put up reading "Silenced, but not silent", with FB Anon's start and end dates, according to Business Insider.

Zuckerberg further explained that the social media site is "watching the situation closely and will take down threats of physical harm". Debate is part of a healthy society.

"There is no place for hate in our community", the CEO wrote. "We won't always be flawless, but you have my commitment that we'll keep working to make Facebook a place where everyone can feel safe", he added.

Zuckerberg's comments also appeared to reference Donald Trump's equivocation on the question of whether the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists are condemnable, though he did not mention Trump by name. "That's why we've always taken down any post that promotes or celebrates hate crimes or acts of terrorism - including what happened in Charlottesville".

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"I disagree with the President and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights".

Facebook removed the official "Unite the Right" event page prior to Saturday's rally over its ties to "hate organizations", and it's now in the process of purging links to an article mocking Heyer published over the weekend by The Daily Stormer, a popular white supremacist website, the company confirmed to CNET. "It's a disgrace that we still need to say that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are wrong", he wrote, "as if this is somehow not obvious". "We have always welcomed people from every walk of life to our stores around the world and showed them that Apple is inclusive of everyone", he noted.

We aren't born hating each other. But there's too much polarization in our culture, and we can do something about that. He also noted that the public discourse today lacks depth - at a time when Facebook is being accused of creating echo chambers of discussions. "We need to bring people closer together, and I know we can make progress at that".