Facebook decided on Wednesday to ban the glorification, support and representation of nationalism and the separatist tendency of whites on its social networking platforms, a move that has been met with conservative acceptance by New Zealand, which condemned the massacre of 50 people on Facebook live in Earlier this month.
Civil rights groups say the social media giant failed to tackle extremism, which was highlighted this month after an extremist fanatic streamed a video clip of his attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, owned by Alphabet, are under pressure to remove fanatic content of neo-Nazis from their platforms alongside false news and other offensive publications.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has called on social networking platforms to account for what her users are posting, said the material included in the new ban should have already been banned under Facebook's anti-hate speech rules.
Facebook said in a statement that the new ban will be implemented next week and will include the applications of Facebook and Instagram.