Facebook bans far-right hate groups (at long last)
Facebook have, after some considerable time and damage, decided to ban a number of far-right hate groups from their social network. Groups including the likes of the BNP, EDL and Britain First follow the removal of hatemongers like convicted fraudster and football hooligan, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) in recent months.
Facebook said the decision was taken because it bans users who "proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence".
In a statement released today, the social network said “Individuals and organisations who spread hate, or attack or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are, have no place on Facebook. Under our dangerous individuals and organisations policy, we ban those who proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence"
The statement continued “The individuals and organisations we have banned today violate this policy, and they will no longer be allowed a presence on Facebook or Instagram. Posts and other content which expresses praise or support for these figures and groups will also be banned. Our work against organised hate is ongoing and we will continue to review individuals, organisations, pages, groups and content against our community standards.”
The ban includes the removal of pages, spokespeople and organisers of the EDL, Britain First, Knights Templar International, National Front and National Action. Any attempts to re-register or establish new pages will be banned and removed; even if these groups subsequently become registered political parties.
Facebook has been instrumental in the unchecked rise of the far-right in the UK and other countries; lies, misinformation and inflammatory posts have been ignored by the network and these groups have been allowed to recruit new members and groom others to bring them into their ideology. These bans, while welcome, are far too late to prevent thousands of people joining these organisations based on their hate, lies and underhand recruitment tactics.