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Zuckerberg calls not deleting Kenosha’s militia page ‘operational error’

San Francisco, United States, Aug 28 (efe-epa).- The CEO and co-founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg said Friday that the company’s failure to remove the page of the militia to which a man who killed two people in the racial protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, belonged, was an “operational error.”

“It was essentially an operational error because the team in charge of our policy against dangerous organizations is trained to look for symbols and clothing, and thus understand the nuances of how certain militias and conspiratorial networks operate,” Zuckerberg said in a video posted on the network.

“To the contractors and reviewers to whom the first complaints were sent, this case was passed to them. Later and analyzing it in greater depth, the team recognized that this page was contrary to (Facebook) policies and we removed it,” said the top manager of the company.

Zuckerberg responded in this way to the information that appeared in recent days that indicated that at least two Internet users had reported the militia page to the company prior to the Kenosha event, but that despite this, it had not adopted any type of measure.

Racial protests have broken out in Kenosha (between Milwaukee and Chicago) after a policeman on Sunday shot African American Jacob Blake seven times in the back, who could be left paraplegic.

According to the version of the police, the agents would have received a call from a woman who denounced that her sentimental partner had violated a restraining order and, once in the place, refused to obey their orders and found himself in possession of a knife.

On Tuesday, during the third night of protests, a 17-year-old militiaman opened fire on protesters, killing two and injuring another. The young man was arrested Wednesday.

In June, in the midst of a wave of protests throughout the United States over the death of George Floyd, also an African American, at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, groups of activists launched a boycott campaign by advertisers against Facebook. They said it was not doing enough to eliminate hateful and racially discriminatory attitudes on the platform. EFE-EPA


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