Some racists are skinheads. Many skinheads aren’t racists – in fact, many are among the most committed anti-racists. This is hardly a secret, but Facebook got a blunt reminder this week, after mistakenly removing the accounts of hundreds of anti-racist skinheads, as well as pages devoted to ska and reggae music, and the organisation Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice.
This appeared to be part of a wider crackdown by the social network against white supremacist groups, as tech site OneZero explains. Even more embarrassingly for Facebook, its cull of skinhead and related accounts included several Black musicians: Neville Staple of The Specials included.
The accounts have since been restored, and Facebook has apologised. “These accounts were removed in error and have been reinstated. We are reviewing what happened in this case and are taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” said a spokesperson.