Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Britain First: Facebook bans far-right group over 'anti-Islamophobic' posts

Protesters hold placards and British Union Jack flags during a protest titled'London march against terrorism in response to the March 22 Westminster terror attack Facebook bans pages of Britain First and leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen
Sammy Stanley | 15 March, 2018, 04:10

Facebook announced Wednesday it had removed the pages of far-right group Britain First and its two leaders for posting content "designed to incite animosity and hatred" against minorities. Its announcement added that the pair had "repeatedly broken our Community Standards" and that recently they received a "written final warning".

Facebook (FB.O) banned on Wednesday far-right group Britain First from its platform and deleted the pages its leader Paul Golding and deputy leader Jayda Fransen for violating rules created to stop the incitement of hatred.

Facebook did not cite specific posts made on the group's page to provoke the ban, but the BBC reports that the offending posts included videos that stoked hatred against Muslims and a caption that compared Muslims to animals.

Last week, the 31-year-old Fransen was arrested and jailed for 36 weeks for 'religiously aggravated harassment, while the 36-year-old Golding got 18 weeks for the same charge.

Britain First had almost twice as many Facebook likes as the United Kingdom's mainstream Labour Party, which has only one million followers.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also commented on Facebook's latest move, saying that "Britain First is a vile and hate-fueled group whose sole goal is to sow division".

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The group hasn't been totally kicked off Facebook.

Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that she welcomed the move and hoped other tech companies would follow.

"Political parties, like individuals and all other organisations on Facebook, must abide by these standards and where a Page or person repeatedly breaks our Community Standards we remove them". In December a year ago, Twitter banned them for violating its community standards.

"Their sick intentions to incite hatred within our society via social media are reprehensible, and Facebook's decision to remove their content is welcome", Mayor Khan said. Facebook acknowledged it faces a balancing act in deleting politically charged posts, saying in a blog about its decision: "Some political opinions might be controversial, but it is important that different views can be shared and we are very careful not to remove posts or Pages just because some people don't like them".

Britain First won't be allowed to set up an official Facebook page in the future, Facebook said.

'I call on social media platforms to show a stronger duty of care, so that they can live up to their promise to be places that connect and unify, not divide or polarise.

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