Just as the internet as a whole erupted in discussion about the killing of
George Floyd and the subsequent protests about police brutality, so have
That is, if mods keep the posts up.
SomeFacebook groups have fallen apart
[https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/5/21279319/facebook-group-moderation-black-lives-matter-movement] according to The Verge, as a result of infighting or post deletion by mods, or a
combination of the two. Anyone who?s in a group for their seemingly-unrelated
interest ? dancing, being a mom, bullet journaling ? can see the purview of
opinions not just about Black Lives Matter and the protests, but about the
discussion itself being allowed in said groups.
Facebook has beenheavily criticized
[https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2020/02/10/racial-discrimination-persists-facebook-google-employees-say/4307591002/] handles racism
[https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/04/24/facebook-while-black-zucked-users-say-they-get-blocked-racism-discussion/2859593002/] , both on the platform and within company walls. Perhaps in an effort to course
correct, the company released the blog postNavigating Your Community Through
Race and Social Issues
[https://www.facebook.com/community/whats-new/navigating-community-through-race-social-issues/] on Friday with tips for group moderators. (Zuckerberg also released an open
letter?where he said black lives matter).
?Many people are reaching out to their communities right now, both on- and
offline, to discuss racial injustice, share personal experiences and organize
ways to support,? the post reads. ?Some admins may be unsure of how to manage
these important discussions in their communities, especially for groups
originally created around a topic unrelated to social issues.?
Facebook?s first tip is for moderators to educate themselves on these issues,
linking to the National Museum of African American History and Culture?s page on
Talking About Race
Next, the post suggests adding people of color in affected communities as actual
mods themselves. Facebook implores members who are already mods to make space
such as by asking members of color to join the team and by reaching out to
organizations about how to proceed with making their community more diverse.
Other tips include acknowledging what?s going on in the news; considering mod
approval for posts to mitigate discussion; being open to change; and listening
to members. There?s even a video from Deran Young, psychologist and founder and
mod of Facebook groupBLACK THERAPISTS ROCK
[https://www.facebook.com/groups/btrdc/], on compassion fatigue. The post
concludes with a a list of Facebook features that help manage community and keep
members safe (i.e. turning off comments).
Facebook, like every social network right now, is inundated with news (and
opinion) about the protests. The company know that these discussions can and
should happen everywhere, even in groups that on the surface have ?nothing to
do? with race. ?We know these conversations are hard and reflect ongoing
disparities in our society,? the post reads. ?They are also necessary, and we
hope that we can continue to help you facilitate ongoing discussions and
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