Pulling in the Slack

In the ever-evolving struggle to create a safe platform for its users, Slack has taken down over 2 dozen accounts that have been linked to known hate groups.

The collaborative hub and chat platform made the announcement in a blog post this week, stated that the use of Slack by hate groups countered their core values and everything they believed in. It reiterated that such groups were not welcome on their platform.

Moving forward, Slack stated when they receive information concerning any organization using Slack for illegal or prohibited purposes, they would take measures to investigate and respond accordingly, as their terms of service has been updated.  

Additional information concerning how the hate groups were fished out and removed from the platform was not disclosed in the brief announcement.

However, speculations have arisen that the development came into effect after the Unicorn Riot published a leaked document concerning Slack.

The leaked document revealed Identity Evropa – a white nationalist group – was making use of the platform to plan and organize events.

While Slack is known to be a platform that assists businesses to internalize their messages and file-sharing, Identity Evropa had taken advantage of the localized event planning feature to plan neo-Nazi events.

Identity Evropa quickly changed its name to American Identity Movement after the leaked documents were exposed.

In recent times, social media platform had begun to take stringent measures to curb activities that have been deemed inappropriate on its platforms.

YouTube, in a bid to curb the spread of pedophilia on its video-viewing service, had removed the comment feature on video of kids and teenagers. It only limited the feature to trusted channels that constantly monitor their comment section.

Facebook, in 2 separate lawsuits, sued 4 China-based companies over the marketing the sale of multiple fake accounts and sued Ukrainian-based hackers posing as quiz makers for stealing private user data.