Published On: Thu, Apr 18th, 2019

Facebook bans UK far-right groups

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Facebook bans groups for “terrorist activity, organized hate, mass or serial murder, human trafficking or organized violence or criminal activity”

Published 9:54 PM, April 18, 2019

Updated 10:02 PM, April 18, 2019

BANNED. Far-right groups are weeded out of Facebook for forbidden content. Shutterstock photo

BANNED. Far-right groups are weeded out of Facebook for forbidden content. Shutterstock photo

LONDON, United Kingdom – Social media giant Facebook on Thursday, April 18, banned various far-right British groups including the English Defence League from its network for promoting hate and violence.

Other groups kicked off both Facebook or Instagram include Knights Templar International, Britain First, the British National Party (BNP) and the National Front.

The tech titan banned the groups for contravening its policy forbidding “terrorist activity, organized hate, mass or serial murder, human trafficking or organized violence or criminal activity”. (READ: Facebook wants ‘more active’ government regulation)

“Individuals and organizations who spread hate, or attack or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are, have no place on Facebook,” a spokeswoman for Facebook said.

“We ban those who proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence…Posts and other content which expresses praise or support for these figures and groups will also be banned,” she added.

Former BNP leader Nick Griffin and Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen have also been banned in the crackdown. – Rappler.com

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