Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones

Social Media Hearing Alex Jones of Infowars was barred from Facebook on Thursday. Tom Williams CQ Roll Call via Getty Images
Patty Aguilar | 02 May, 2019, 22:58

Facebook permanently banned Infowars founder Alex Jones, far-right provocateurs Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer as well as other prominent far-right figures from its platform on Thursday.

"We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology", a Facebook spokesperson told Variety.

Yiannopoulos, the former editor of Brietbart News, and Loomer, a far-right activist who is also known for spreading conspiracy theories, have both previously been banned from Twitter Inc.'s social-media service.

Facebook said it evaluates pages and individuals as "dangerous" with an extensive process to determine whether they meet the criteria for this categorization. The company has often grappled with controlling far-right hate speech on the platform in recent years. Yiannopoulus, described by many as a member of the alt-right and already banned by Twitter and the country of Australia, publicly praised McInnes this year.

Jones, who peddles conspiracy theories through his media site InfoWars and has frequently said that the Sandy Hook school shooting was staged, was temporarily suspended from Facebook past year.

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Any account that shares Infowars content will have it removed, and face a permanent ban for multiple "violations". The social network also banned Louis Farrakhan, the leader of Nation of Islam, and several other controversial figures.

The company led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that it removed the accounts, fan pages and groups associated with the above individuals from Facebook and Instagram after reevaluating their content or reexamining their activities outside of Facebook.

Madihha Ahussain, special counsel for anti-Muslim bigotry with the advocacy group Muslim Advocates, said that individuals like Loomer, Jones and Yiannopoulos have used social media platforms to broadcast unsafe hate speech and conspiracies targeting Muslims, Jews, and others.

Conservatives have accused the social network of suppressing their speech, but Facebook has denied those allegations.

"We applaud Facebook for taking this positive step toward removing hate actors from the company's platforms", she said.

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