Right-wing hate group Britain First banned from Facebook


After a final written warning, which was ignored, the social media company removed Britain First's page, as well as pages of other two leaders.

"We are an open platform for all ideas and political speech goes to the heart of free expression". Both the group and individual members are also barred from creating new Facebook pages. But Facebook isn't a big fan of spreading hatred against other sectors of society, crossing the line from legitimate political speech.

The decision to ban Britain First is a major move for Facebook, which has struggled to determine how to enforce its rules against hate speech and has been repeatedly criticized for how it classifies hate speech.

Twitter suspended Britain First party leaders in December.

Facebook has banned Britain First and deleted the pages of the far right group's leader Paul Golding and deputy leader Jayda Fransen.

In a statement, Facebook said the far-right group's three pages, including leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen's, had "repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups".

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But a quick search on Facebook now shows a Britain First page with 369 likes as of Wednesday morning.

'With Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen jailed, there are already significant problems behind the scenes over access to the group's social media, website and bank accounts. Facebook acknowledged it faces a balancing act in deleting politically charged posts, saying in a blog about its decision: "Some political opinions might be controversial, but it is important that different views can be shared and we are very careful not to remove posts or Pages just because some people don't like them".

ReutersPaul Golding, the leader of Britain First, speaks at a rally held in central London, April 1, 2017. The group also reportedly uploaded an image stating the leaders of the group were "Islamaphobic and Proud".

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said: 'Britain First is a vile and hate-fuelled group whose sole objective is to sow division.

Fransen was found guilty of three counts of religiously aggravated harassment and Golding of one count.

Britain First had almost twice as many Facebook likes as the United Kingdom's mainstream Labour Party, which has only one million followers.