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Facebook banned from its website this week several of the U.K.’s most prominent far-right political groups, the Independent reports. Among the groups are Britain First, the British National Party, English Defence League, Knights Templar International, and National Front.
Not only have the groups pages been banned, but members and those in leadership roles have been removed as well. Facebook added that any user expressing “praise or support” for such organizations will also be axed from the social media service. Facebook specifically cited its “dangerous individuals and organisations policy” in a statement Thursday on the bans.
“Individuals and organisations who spread hate, or attack or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are, have no place on Facebook,” the company said. “Under our dangerous individuals and organisations policy, we ban those who proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence.”
The social media site further added that the ban also applies to Instagram and is part of Facebook’s larger “work against organised hate.”
“The individuals and organisations we have banned today violate this policy, and they will no longer be allowed a presence on Facebook or Instagram. Posts and other content which expresses praise or support for these figures and groups will also be banned,” Facebook posted. “Our work against organised hate is ongoing and we will continue to review individuals, organisations, pages, groups and content against our community standards.”
Facebook’s announcement follows the company’s decision in February to ban far-right activist and former English Defense League leader Tommy Robinson.
H/T the Independent
Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.