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SeattlePI.com Tuesday, 9 April 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House Judiciary Committee hearing on white nationalism and social media (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Policy leaders from Facebook and Google are condemning hate crimes and defending their companies' policies on hate speech at a congressional hearing.

"There is no place for terrorism or hate on Facebook," Facebook director of public policy Neil Potts tells the House Judiciary committee. "We remove any content that incites violence."

The committee is holding a hearing on the spread of white nationalism and hate crimes, including the part social media plays in fostering extremism.

Facebook and YouTube have policies in place to prohibit violent and hateful material, but many critics say they do not go far enough and hate groups use the platforms anyway.

The hearing was prompted after the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month where the shooter livestreamed part of his rampage on social media.

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11:15 a.m.

The chat on a YouTube livestream of a Congressional hearing on white nationalism was disabled after racist and anti-Semitic comments were posted.

The chat was turned off about 30 minutes after the House Judiciary committee hearing began. The chat, which allows users to post public comments in real-time, quickly descended into targeted attacks.

A YouTube spokesman said the comments were disabled because of hateful comments.

The Congressional committee is holding a hearing about the spread of white nationalism and hate crimes in the U.S. Google and Facebook representatives are testifying along with human rights leaders.

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10:45 a.m.

A Congressional committee hearing on white nationalism has begun with statements criticizing the spread of hate crimes in the U.S. and...
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