According to the report, BuzzFeed has examined close to a dozen WhatsApp groups, some of them bearing names such as "Ku Klux Klan International," and found Nazi slogans, anti-Semitic images, and "glorifying" propaganda Adolf Hitler . The groups also contained a violent rhetoric of immigrants and leftists.
In addition, members of these groups use their own WhatsApps tools, their custom sticker function, to create and share Nazi symbols within the app.
The use of Nazi symbols is illegal under German law. A lawyer speaking to BuzzFeed explains that although sharing these images during a private discussion with one or more people would not lead to a sanction by law, this could be considered a "criminal offense" depending on the size of the audience . The WhatsApp far right groups consulted in this report had between 90 and 250 members.
In a statement, WhatsApp seems to be released from any responsibility since the content is shared in the form of private messages and not public messages.
"As a messaging service, we do not have access to private messages shared by users," said WhatsApp spokesperson in a statement sent to BuzzFeed, "We encourage users to report issues to WhatsApp. to ensure the safety of our platform. "
The parent company of WhatsApp, Facebook, has taken a stand against white supremacy on its site. The society recently decided that its policy separating white nationalism and white separatism from this hateful ideology was inaccurate and messages to support both beliefs too.
As Facebook plans to In all of its messaging services, including WhatsApp, Messengers and Instagram, it seems increasingly difficult for the company to try to manage each platform as separate entities with distinct strategies.
Mashable has contacted WhatsApp for an additional comment, and we will update this story if we have news.