Black mark against Facebook: Afro-Caribbean ska legend Neville Staple falls foul of blanket ban for ‘racism’
Ska music, which originated in Jamaica, appears to have fallen foul of Facebook’s scattergun system because of its links to skinhead culture, which Facebook seemingly deems to be racist and worthy of a blanket ban.
Numerous ska musicians and fans, including Staple’s wife Christine, who now performs with her husband, took to Twitter to complain about their accounts having been removed and to ask Facebook for an explanation.
Facebook have closed 100s of UK accounts with any link to skinhead culture, including Neville Staple's! They clearly know nothing about 2-Tone. If you judge people purely by their clothes & haircut isn’t that a sign of bigotry? Perhaps they should shut themselves down.— Garry Bushell (@GarryBushell) June 9, 2020
If you want an idea of what more proactive moderation by Facebook looks like in practice. They've seemingly just banned thousands of people into Ska music because Fb has decided to classify the skinhead scene as racist. One of those banned is Neville Staple from The Specials: pic.twitter.com/EXxC3Rq9we— Aaron Rogan (@AarRogan) June 9, 2020
Neville Staple decried the development and urged Facebook to rethink its moderation policies. “Please look into things before doing a general cull. Unity runs through the veins of me and @SugaryStaple [Christine Staple] plus all our 2Tone Ska community's veins,” the ska legend wrote on Twitter.
#FacebookDisabled@Facebook has disabled hundreds (probably thousands) of accounts tonight! Mine @NevilleStaple & @No1SkaMama too. Lockdown of the mind! 😉 @facebookapp@FacebookAppDev@fbnewsroompic.twitter.com/cJ1OHZR2Vs— Sugary Staple (@SugaryStaple) June 9, 2020
I’m in a ska band that openly promotes racial and cultural harmony. I’m really angry about this no explanation ban .— Big Fat Panda (@LaidlawAndy) June 9, 2020
Musician and journalist Garry Bushell blasted Facebook over the move, saying it clearly doesn’t know anything about the music genre. “If you judge people purely by their clothes & haircut, isn’t that a sign of bigotry? Perhaps they should shut themselves down,” he said.
A spokesperson for Facebook told RT.com that the social media giant is investigating the matter.Also on rt.com Zuckerberg won’t censor Trump, but don’t mistake Facebook for a bastion of free speech
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