Facebook And Instagram Ban ‘Dangerous’ Fringe Figures


Facebook banned several far-right extremists from its platforms Thursday under the platform's policies against risky individuals and organizations, according to the company. "The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today", Facebook said in a statement to Fox News.

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 spokesperson said, adding that the company continues to view such action as the correct approach.

The lifetime bans include not only their personal accounts, but also any fan pages or group pages supporting the individuals. Jones was previously banned from Facebook but still had an account on Instagram, which was no longer live as of Thursday.

While this new ban won't please some free speech advocates, it does clear up where Facebook stands on the subject.

Jones, for example, recently hosted Gavin McInnes, the leader of the Proud Boys, who Facebook designated as a hate figure in December.

Meanwhile on Facebook, a page called "InfoWars is Back" began streaming a live feed of the show, which has been banned since a year ago, in which Jones excoriated Zuckerberg for his company's actions.

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Some of these people, including Jones and Yiannopoulos, had been banned from Facebook before but only temporarily.

Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters, said "The reality is, people are getting killed".

The most prominent to be banned were Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, accused of being anti-Semitic and black supremacist; and Jones, the far-right conspiracy theorist best known for calling the 9/11 attacks an inside job and describing the Sandy Hook school massacre as a hoax. "There are mass shootings and mass murders that are clearly being connected to ideas like white genocide, which are fueling radicalization", said Carusone.

'The conditions have changed.

Other far-right figures affected by the ban include Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson and white nationalist Paul Nehlen.

Yiannopoulos was banned from entering Australia earlier this year following his comments on social media about the Christchurch terror attack, in which 50 Muslims were killed during prayer.