Facebook removed the event page for white nationalist ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville one day before it took place

Jason Kessler
‘Unite the Right’ organiser Jason Kessler was chased out of his own press conference during the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that turned deadly on Saturday. Getty

Facebook removed the official page for the “Unite the Right” white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia just one day before it took place, according to event organiser Jason Kessler.

Kessler posted screenshots of the removed event page on August 11, one day before the event took place and more than one month after he initially shared the event on his personal Facebook page.

A Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider on Monday that the company removed the event over the weekend after it realised that the rally was connected to a hate organisation and presented a threat of physical harm. The rally ended up leaving three people dead and dozens more injured after violence erupted between white nationalists and counter-protesters. 

“Our hearts go out to the people affected by the tragic events in Charlottesville,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Facebook does not allow hate speech or praise of terrorist acts or hate crimes, and we are actively removing any posts that glorify the horrendous act committed in Charlottesville.”

Kessler didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The removal of the “Unite the Right” rally event is the latest in a string of moves Facebook has made to crack down on terrorist activity and violent acts shared on its network. CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently committed to hiring 3,000 more content moderators to filter out offensive posts.