Right-wing hate group Britain First banned from Facebook


Today, we have learned that Facebook has banned alt-right group Britain First, which "repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups", according to a release from the company. 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".

Facebook says the decision to remove the pages was made after Britain First had ignored a final warning about the posting of material that broke its community standards.

Facebook said Wednesday it has banned the accounts of far-right fringe group Britain First and its leaders, arguing that their posts were created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups.

At the time Facebook said it was "reviewing" the page, noting that the company was "very cautious about political speech".

"Political parties, like individuals and all other organisations on Facebook, must abide by these standards and where a Page or person repeatedly breaks our Community Standards we remove them".

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"Britain First is a vile and hate-fuelled group whose sole objective is to sow division".

Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen (R) arrives at Belfast Laganside Courts along with Britain First leader Paul Golding (L) on December 14, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The PM has been calling on social media companies to take more responsibility for content posted on their sites.

She said she welcomed the announcement by Facebook.

The social media company says it did not take the decision lightly but had to respond to attempts to incite animosity and hatred. However, Mr Trump later said he was prepared to apologise, saying he did not know the group's background.

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In a statement on Wednesday, Facebook said the group had been kicked off the platform because over content which incited "animosity and hatred against minority groups".

London's mayor, Sadiq Khan has also issued a statement.

'I call on social media platforms to show a stronger duty of care, so that they can live up to their promise to be places that connect and unify, not divide or polarise.

Last week, Facebook removed and then reinstated a video of a senior Hungarian minister in which he tried to portray white people in neighboring Austria as living in fear of Muslims in a warning to voters before his country's elections next month.

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