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Facebook forbids racist descriptions of Jews and Black people

Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, who is Belgian, wore a blackface for a charity event in 2015 – a gesture he did not ask for.

The Flemish town of Aalst was also criticized for its racist depictions of Jews during its annual celebration.

Facebook is under renewed pressure to do more to eradicate racism on its platforms following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of US police in May.

In its report on Tuesday, the company said it acted against 22.5 million pieces of content containing hate speech between April and June, a jump from 9.6 million pieces of its content similar to that provided in the first three month of the year. Facebook did not say whether the actions specified in the post were removed, warning labels or other steps.

On its photo-sharing platform, Instagram, the company acted against 3.3 million pieces of content, also marking a massive jump from 809,000 pieces in the first three months of the year.

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