Louis Farrakhan banned from Facebook over policies on violence, hate

The social media giant announced it will begin enforcement on both Facebook and Instagram next week. Milo Yiannopoulos (right) speaks during an event in Canberra, Australia on December 5, 2017. Though he's not a far-right extremist, Facebook also banned Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. On Thursday, Jones and InfoWars will be barred from Instagram as well.

Jones has hosted Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, whom Facebook designated as a hate figure, on his show, and long pedaled a conspiracy theory about the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.

"However, many individuals and hate groups such as the virulently anti-Muslim Act for America remain on Facebook and continue to use the company's platforms to organize and perpetuate hate and bigotry", he said.

The lifetime bans include not only their personal accounts, but also any fan pages or group pages supporting the individuals. In March the company said it would begin banning posts, photos and other content that reference white nationalism and white separatism, revising its rules in response to criticism that a loophole had allowed racism to thrive on its platform.

InfoWars has championed Nehlen, who was previously banned by Twitter. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today, " Facebook told the Atlantic via email.

The spokesperson added that Facebook will remove groups, pages and accounts created to represent the banned individuals when it knows the individual is participating in the effort. A Facebook spokesperson says Yiannopoulos and Loomer have also publicly supported McInnes. Twitter, however, refused to take down his comments.

The company said on Thursday that it has also banned extreme right-wing figures Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer and the conservative conspiracy site Infowars. Twitter permanently blocked InfoWars and Jones in September for violating its harassment policies.

It has taken action against these figures and others because Facebook considers them "dangerous", per a definition in Facebook's Community Guidelines. "Removing them from Facebook and Instagram will go a long way towards ensuring the safety of their users".


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