Facebook maintains an internal list of “hate agents” for close monitoring and potential account termination, according to a new report, which helps explain why conservative activist Candace Owens was temporarily suspended from the platform last week.
What are the details?
Breitbart News reported over the weekend, citing an internal source at Facebook, that employees maintain a list of “hate agents” — and Owens’ name is on the list.
The source claimed that the spreadsheet includes the names of prominent right-wing and alternative media figures who were recently banned from the platform. Candace Owens is also included in the spreadsheet, in a separate category marked “extra credit.”
The Facebook source even sent Breitbart a screenshot showing the “hate agents” spreadsheet before administrators began locking employees out over leaks. The screenshot shows Owens as the 22nd name on the list and a highlighted instruction to “look into” Owens for potential Facebook rules violations.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Breitbart the list existed and confirmed that Owens’ name is, indeed, on the list. The spreadsheet was reportedly created in April before Facebook banned several prominent far-right personalities from the platform.
What is the background?
Owens revealed last Friday morning that Facebook had banned her account after she published a post that countered the progressive narrative surrounding black America and white supremacy.
@facebook page has been suspended for 7 days for posting that white supremacy is not a threat to black America, as much as father absence and & liberal policies that incentivize it, are,” Owens said. “I am censored for posting the poverty rates in fatherless homes.”
Later that day, about six hours after Owens announced her account suspension, Facebook fully restored Owens’ account and, in a message to Owens, apologized for its “mistake.”
“We’ve restored Ms. Owens’ post and removed the block on her account after confirming that the content didn’t violate our policies,” Facebook said in a statement, according to Fox News.