Facebook has deleted several racist and misogynistic messages about US vice-president Kamala Harris. The company deleted the posts after the BBC reported that the messages were hateful.
These are messages, images and comments in three Facebook groups, in which hateful comments are more often posted, according to the BBC. One of those pages has 4000 members.
The future vice president was accused, among other things, of not being a US citizen. Someone also wrote that she wouldn’t be “black enough” for the Democratic party. Facebook would not have taken any action against the groups themselves.
Facebook has already been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups and advertisers for not doing enough against hateful messages. In August, more than a hundred brands decided to stop advertising on the platform in protest.
Last summer, Facebook announced that it bans stereotyped photos and videos of Zwarte Piet and Jews. It has long been prohibited to make comparisons on Facebook and Instagram between, for example, Muslims and pigs, and to depict women as objects.
Harris becomes the first female vice president in the United States. In her victory speech, she thanked “the generations of women, black women, white, latina, and indigenous women, who have paved the way to this moment in our nation’s history.”