Facebook bans Britain First group and leaders


Facebook is cracking down on a far-right British political party, removing the official Facebook page for Britain First for spreading hate speech.

The social network has also closed down the pages of the leaders of the group - well-known in the United Kingdom, and also brought to USA attention after Donald Trump shared its tweets. But Facebook isn't a big fan of spreading hatred against other sectors of society, crossing the line from legitimate political speech.

"People can express robust and controversial opinions without needing to denigrate others on the basis of who they are", Facebook's statement read.

Specifically, offences included a photo of Fransen and Golding tagged "Islamaphobic and Proud", a post caption that compares Muslim immigrants with animals, and several videos that deliberately incite hateful comments against Muslims.

Twitter banned the leaders last December, months prior to Facebook's crackdown.

"We have community standards that clearly state this sort of speech is not acceptable on Facebook and, when we become aware of it, we remove it as quickly as we can", the statement continued.

Mr Golding and Ms Fransen were jailed earlier this month after being convicted of religiously-aggravated harassment in Kent a year ago.

Following its suspension from Twitter in December Mr Golding said the group was looking for new social networks to join and urged supporters to follow
Facebook bans Britain First group and leaders

US President Donald Trump caused a trans-Atlantic furore in January when he retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted by Britain First to his millions of followers, but backed down following a dispute with Mrs May over sharing the inflammatory videos.

Britain First is a vile and hate-fueled group.

The Britain First page and the pages for both Golding and Fransen have now been removed for "repeatedly [posting] content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups".

A image of the three anti-Muslim videos that President Trump retweeted from Jayda Fransen on November 29, 2017.

"We do not do this lightly, but they have repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the Pages from our service".

Following that, Facebook said it would review the pages of Britain First, but had not taken action. Both the group and individual members are also barred from creating new Facebook pages.

The ban seems to be an indication of Facebook caving to increasing pressure from politicians and the media to step up its efforts to curb hate speech.

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