October 12, 2021
A float representing Facebook
'hate speech monster'
February 24, 2020.
The just-leaked Facebook list of 'dangerous individuals and
organizations' has over 4,000 entries.
Among them are entities
sanctioned by the US as terrorists, historical villains, cartels,
militia groups, as well as dissidents.
The 100-page document (Facebook Dangerous Individuals and
Organizations List) was somehow obtained and
published on Tuesday by The Intercept, which noted that,
"nearly everyone and
everything on the list is considered a foe or threat by America
or its allies," and over half consists of alleged foreign
The Intercept cites activists to frame the list as,
system that disproportionately punishes certain communities,"
what with the terrorism suspects being "Middle Eastern, South
Asian, and Muslim," and those alleged to be violent criminals
"predominantly Black and Latino."
Meanwhile, the outlets
says, there are "far looser prohibitions" on discussing
"predominately white anti-government militias."
Almost 1,000 entries in the terrorism portion of the list are from
the Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT), a
sanctions list maintained by the US Treasury Department.
Affiliates of Islamic
State (IS, formerly ISIS) and Al-Qaeda are listed right alongside
Hamas and Hezbollah, the Taliban, Yemen's Houthi militants - as well
as entities tied to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)
such as the "Iran Tractor manufacturing Company."
Communist parties of India and the Philippines are also on the list,
as is the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), designated by Turkey as a
terrorist organization - but not by the US.
Other notable names
include the Japanese death cult Aum Shinrikyo and Atomwaffen
Division, a US white supremacist group recently exposed as being
secretly backed by the FBI.
The organized crime category predictably lists,
the major US
street gangs Crips, Bloods, and Latin Kings
cartels such as Sinaloa, Tijuana and Los Zetas
a number of
Brazilian organized crime gangs, as well as Mara Salvatrucha,
the notorious MS-13.
Things get interesting
when one gets to the 'Hate group' category, where alongside the
Nazis of WWII there are dozens of "hateful" music bands, outfits
like Knights Templar International, Proud Boys, and Ukraine's
neo-Nazi Azov Battalion.
Right alongside are
English Defence League, Génération Identitaire and its sister
organizations in the US and other European countries, a Canadian
student group called Students for Western Civilisation, and... men's
rights activists from A Voice For Men.
In the 'Militarized Social Movement' category are outfits like the 3
Percent Security Force and the Boogaloo Movement, but also Black
Panther Militia (though not the entire movement).
The list contains dozens
of names of obscure outfits, including Bay Watch Militia, Hillbilly
Militia Squad, and something called 'Protect Falcon From Anarchy.'
Anti-Communism Militia, Anti-Terrorist Militia, Anti-Trump Militia
and Anti-antifa Militia Organization of Wisconsin are listed right
along each other, and that's just in the 'A' section.
The hateful individuals category includes historical villains such
as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and his Italian ally Benito
Mussolini, but also incel shooter Elliot Rodger, Proud Boys
founder Gavin McInnes (listed as "McGinnes"), Azov Battalion
commander Andriy Biletsky, UK activist Tommy Robinson and US
internet commentator Nickholas Fuentes, among others.
The publication of Facebook's blacklist comes as Mark Zuckerberg's
social media platform finds itself targeted by a pressure campaign
from corporate media and politicians in the US, alleging that it
hasn't done enough to "protect democracy."
Frances Haugen was given the red-carpet treatment in the US
Senate last week as a "whistleblower" about Facebook's alleged
Another former employee,
Sophie Zhang, is doing the interview circuit this week.