The march of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville (USA), which took place this weekend, continues to have a strong repercussion in the world of technology. Let's start with the most positive aspect: the most liked tweet in history is a message of repudiation of racial prejudice.
Barack Obama, former US president, disclosed in a series of three tweets the following words from Nelson Mandela: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his origin, or his religion. People need to learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love — because love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
The first tweet in the series accumulates more. of 3.3 million likes. It is also the fifth most retweeted tweet in history.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…" pic. twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 16, 2017
After the march on Charlottesville, tech companies had to be more energetic in dealing with extremists. Facebook banned several groups promoting hate speech, and took down the page event for the Unite the Right march. Reddit shut down the /r/Physical_Removal community: there, users were rooting for people on anti-hate subreddits to be killed, and even circulated poems about killing others.
Meanwhile, GoFundMe removed crowdfunding campaigns to James Fields, accused of running over people demonstrating against supremacists, and also of killing activist Heather Heyer.
GoFundMe tells Reuters that it will continue to remove any campaign for Fields because the company prohibits the promotion of hate speech and violence. Kickstarter and Indiegogo have the same policy.
Not every platform follows this rule, however. Jason Kessler, who organized the march in Charlottesville, raised about $3,000 on RootBocks, a crowdfunding site that is “free from political or social censorship.”
The Daily Stormer, who defended the death of Heather Heyer, temporarily went offline because her domain was banned by GoDaddy and Google Domains. They ended up migrating to the dark web.