Facebook bans prominent extremists in crackdown of hate speech

Alex Jones has few platforms left to him

Alex Jones has few platforms left

Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters, an organization that has long advocated for more enforcement against white supremacy, said Facebook has been lax against enforcing its policies against hate speech on these accounts because the company doesn't want to deal with the right wing blowback.

When Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter it was for, "repeated violations of the Twitter rules, specifically our rules prohibiting participating or inciting targeted abuse of individuals".

"We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology", a Facebook spokesman said in a statement provided to CNN Business.

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The latest ban also applies on Instagram, which Facebook owns.

"However, many individuals and hate groups such as the virulently anti-Muslim Act for America remain on Facebook and continue to use the company's platforms to organize and perpetuate hate and bigotry", he said. It just took a while to deliver these bans due to the "extensive" process of evaluating potential offenders. In addition to banning those people, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN it is possible that people who praised or supported the now-banned accounts could also have their content restricted.

The real goof here, however, was that at the time outlets were allowed to go public with the news, Facebook had yet to pull accounts from several of the people who are now banned. Accounts belonging to these people were also permanently banned from Instagram. Now the company will remove all fan pages that promote InfoWars, even if they have no formal connection to the site or its employees.

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"Hopefully, other prominent conservatives will speak out about me being banned, knowing that they are next if we don't pressure the Trump administration to take action", he posted to his 950,000 Twitter followers.

Yiannopoulos, the former editor of Breitbart 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.

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