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Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, others

Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, others

Social media sites like Facebook have always been too lenient when it comes to hate speech, hiding behind the First Amendment and both sides-sim. Also banned from Facebook going forward is Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, who has been criticized for his frequent antisemitic remarks.

Facebook has permanently banned several far-right or hate figures and organizations including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Infowars host Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulos, for being "dangerous" - a signal that the social network is enforcing its policies against hate speech more wholeheartedly.

Other groups kicked off both Facebook or Instagram last month included Knights Templar International, Britain First, the British National Party (BNP) and the National Front. Facebook has previously banned Jones from its flagship service, but not Instagram.

The spokesman said that in some instances, when Facebook bans an individual or organization, it also restricts others from expressing praise or support for them on its platforms.




The move is likely to be welcomed by civil rights activists, who have long argued that these individuals espouse violent and hateful views and that Silicon Valley companies should not allow their platforms to become a vehicle for spreading them.

Facebook said that the individuals it was banning posted content that was "dangerous". "The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

Thursday's social media purge also affected Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson, conservative journalist Laura Loomer, and former Republican politician Paul Nehlen.

Some of the affected accounts remained available on Thursday morning for some time after Facebook's official announcement. In Jones's case, he hosted McInnes on his show late last year and promoted him on Instagram earlier this year. Nehlen has posted many antisemitic comments over the years, including posting pictures of executives from numerous news agencies with Stars of David photoshopped on their faces.

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