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    Charlottesville Violence During Pro-Confederate Protest in US' Virginia (68)

    Facebook has reportedly removed eight groups dedicated to racist content after a recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Facebook has removed eight groups dedicated to racist content from the networking service following a recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, The Hill newspaper reported.

    "Our hearts go out to the people affected by the tragic events in Charlottesville … Facebook does not allow hate speech or praise of terrorist acts or hate crimes, and we are actively removing any posts that glorify the horrendous act committed in Charlottesville," a Facebook spokesperson said as quoted by The Hill.

    Facebook confirmed to The Hill the removal of a number of groups, including those of White Nationalists United, Right Wing Death Squad and Vanguard America.

    On Saturday, white nationalists held a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest authorities' plans to remove a monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. The rally subsequently led to clashes and culminated in the car ramming attack that killed one person and injured 19 others. In addition, two police officers died en route to the scene of the violence when their helicopter crashed.

    US President Donald Trump condemned Saturday the violence at the Charlottesville rally, stating that the events were a "display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides." Two days later, Trump directly condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists for the outbreak of violence.

    Charlottesville Violence During Pro-Confederate Protest in US' Virginia (68)


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