As the hearing’s dwell stream aired on the House Judiciary’s YouTube station , comments from the live chat accompanying the stream were so inflammatory that YouTube really handicapped the chat attribute mid-hearing. A lot of those comments were anti-Semitic in nature.
“Facebook rejects not just hate speech, but hateful ideologies,” Potts said in the hearing. “Our rules have always been apparent that white supremacists are not allowed on our platform. ”
The hearing was from the beginning. As Democrats try to grapple with all the effects of white supremacist violence, voices on the far right — lately amplified by characters from Congress — denounce that dialog outright. When political parties may ’ t agree on a hearing ’ s topic, it normally guarantees a performative rather than productive hours and, in spite of some of its witnesses that are serious, this hearing wasn’t any exception.

The hearing struggled to balance its witness list, which comprised Facebook policy manager Neil Potts and Google policy lead Alexandria Walden. Potts emphasized though that shift is still in its earliest days, that Facebook recently righted its path with regard to white nationalism.

Hours after the hearing, anti-Semitic comments continue to pour in the House Judiciary YouTube page, many concentrated on Rep. Jerry Nadlerthe committee’s chair. “(((They))) are taking over the government,” just another wrote, reverted to widespread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Many defended white nationalism as a form of pride instead of a more belief system tied to violence.

“We think we’ve developed a responsible approach to tackle the complex and evolving issues that attest on our platform. ”