December 14, 2018

Facebook has banned hate group Britain First

15 March 2018, 12:36 | Devin Moran

Facebook bans pages of Britain First and leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen

Facebook bans Britain First from the social network after hate speech sentencing

Facebook decided that content posted to its page by Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen has repeatedly broken those rules, and when that content continued to be posted after a final warning the social network took action.

Facebook has banned United Kingdom far-right group Britain First, saying the organization repeatedly broke the social network's standards by sharing content "designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups".

Facebook said it had taken down Britain First's Facebook page and those of its leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, for repeatedly violating rules created to stop the incitement of hatred against minority groups.

"We are an open platform for all ideas and political speech goes to the heart of free expression", said Facebook. But it draws a line against hate speech.

Sky News reports Britain First's Facebook page had two million followers globally.

The move follows appeals by other facebook users, including some in Thanet, to have the pages taken down.

In a blog post announcing the decision, Facebook emphasised that it was a big supporter of people having different views - saying that it can't just remove pages because a person or group of people don't like them.

The pair were both imprisoned last week in the United Kingdom for hate crimes, accused of "religiously-aggravated harassment".

The party - which is not a legitimate United Kingdom political front after the Electoral Commission dropped it a year ago - is so extreme, in fact, that Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen were recently charged with religious harassment and jailed, according to Gizmodo.

Matthew Collins, the head of research at Hope Not Hate, told the Guardian: 'More than any other group, Britain First overstepped the mark, even going as far as to show Isis-style beheadings.

"Facebook's decision to remove Britain First content from its platform is welcome", Khan tweeted Wednesday.

That ban came after President Donald Trump seemed to endorse the group by sharing Islamophobic videos.

Other content violations included an image with a caption comparing Muslim immigrants with animals, and multiple videos posted deliberately to incite hateful comments against Muslims.

Twitter has also suspended the party's account.

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