Facebook announced on Tuesday that photos and videos of Zwarte Piet are now prohibited on Facebook and Instagram. "This is a step in the right direction, but we are far from there," said action group Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP).
Facebook now bans images promoting the image of a Pete with a black make-up skin and other stereotypical features, such as a wig with curls or large lips. These images will be removed by Facebook when users report the post.
A step in the right direction, according to the Kick Out Zwarte Piet action group. Although the action group had hoped for a more proactive approach. "Facebook has a lot of power as a platform and the fact that they are taking such a step is only a good thing. We are, however, critical of the fact that the images are only removed when users report them," says KOZP spokesman Naomie Pieter. NU.nl.
According to Pieter, this means that they still have to make an active effort to ensure that the images are removed from Facebook. "It would have been a stronger step if Facebook would remove the images preventively. Racism is not appropriate. Period."
'Dramatic left-wing anti-racists'
On Tuesday evening there were reactions to Facebook's decision from various quarters. Geert Wilders, for example, pontifically posted a photo of Zwarte Piet on Twitter in protest against the new policy. "The totalitarian state of the intolerant nagging left-wing anti-racists is getting closer," said Wilders.
Facebook and Instagram ban the image of Zwarte Piet. The totalitarian state of the intolerant nagging left-wing anti-racists is getting closer. That's why this one: Zwarte Piet! #blackpiet # PVV2021 #Wilders # Wilders2021Avatar
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