Facebook permanently bans 'dangerous' extremist leaders

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Alex Jones of Infowars was barred from Facebook on Thursday. Tom Williams CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Milo Yiannopoulos (right) speaks during an event in Canberra, Australia on December 5, 2017.

Jones and InfoWars also had been banned from Facebook in August 2018, but had maintained a presence on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.

Facebook announced on Thursday (May 2) that they are banning far-right personalities like Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos, along with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan from their network and Instagram.

Facebook last month banned various far-right British groups including the English Defense League from its network for promoting hate and violence.

Those listed above were banned for violating Facebook's policy against "dangerous individuals and organizations".

"We've always banned individuals or organisations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology".

Other groups kicked off both Facebook or Instagram last month included Knights Templar International, Britain First, the British National Party (BNP) and the National Front. It just took a while to deliver these bans due to the "extensive" process of evaluating potential offenders. Paul Joseph Watson, a British member of the alt-right who works with Infowars, has also been banned.

Facebook is banning several prominent figures it regards as "dangerous individuals".

Facebook permanently banning several "dangerous" figures including Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Laura Loomer, while also removing the accounts and pages affiliated with the individuals.

Do you have more information about this or any other technology story? "Facebook can help curb the spread of extremism, hate, and bigotry that flourished on its platforms if it remains open to reforming enforcement measures".

Mr. Farrakhan, 85, has been frequently accused of anti-Semitism by watchdogs including the Anti-Defamation League during his decades leading the Nation of Islam for 40 years, and Mr. Jones, 45, has been previously banned from other platforms for violating their rules against hate and harassment. Nehlen has posted many antisemitic comments over the years, including posting pictures of executives from numerous news agencies with Stars of David photoshopped on their faces.

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