Britain First Banned From Facebook

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

Britain First Banned From Facebook

Britain First, which had more than two million likes of its Facebook page, was removed for repeatedly violating community guidelines, such as sharing videos created to insight hatred against Muslims.

In a statement issued today, Facebook said: "This is an important issue which we take very seriously and we have written about how we define hate speech and take action against it in our Hard Questions series".

With only a few thousand members and repeated failures to elect government candidates, Britain First has no direct political influence in the United Kingdom.

It also deleted the Facebook pages for party leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, who notoriously posted an anti-Muslim video on Twitter a year ago, which US President Donald Trump later retweeted.

"[The pages had] repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the Pages from our service", Facebook said in a blog post Wednesday.

Jayda Fransen, leader of the fringe British anti-Islam party Britain First.

The social media company says it removes hate speech against people based on their race, religion, gender and other characteristics.

The company has not revealed exactly which posts were in violation of its policy, nor said anything about the precise nature of their content.

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Back in December Facebook was on the receiving end of some flack over the Britain First Facebook pages, particularly after Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the far-right hate group. "Please sign the petition to free leaders Paul and Jayda, also please donate what you can to support their movement!".

Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the move in the House of Commons saying she hoped other technology companies would follow suit.

Once again, Facebook joins Twitter and YouTube in the fight to moderate and prevent the spread of extremist content. "Some of us knew already but this is now being shown to the masses".

The exposure and number of followers for Britain First were substantial. Whether the platform will crack down on other political parties accused of abuse also remains to be seen.

A post on the seemingly new page says "The next form of fascism will come from the left wing liberal's against freedom of speech".

Again, some commenters on the post echo Collet's thoughts.

The ban seems to be an indication of Facebook caving to increasing pressure from politicians and the media to step up its efforts to curb hate speech.

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