Facebook Bans White Supremacists And Anti-Semites From Platform

Snoop Dogg and Louis Farrakhan in 2005

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He insisted it was "getting worse and worse for Conservatives on social media!"

Donald Trump Jr. on Friday charged that Facebook had engaged in a "purposeful & calculated silencing of conservatives" online, a day after the social-networking giant permanently banned far-right figures and organizations including Alex Jones, the host of InfoWars.

Jones told The Washington Post that Facebook's actions were "authoritarian", saying that they never gave him any direct notice that they found his posts "dangerous".

"Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices", Trump said in a tweet after Jones was curbed at Facebook and Spotify a year ago.

The company also removed far-right provocateurs Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer, and Paul Nehlen, a white supremacist who staged an unsuccessful congressional bid in 2018, along with Jones' site, Infowars.

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Trump's retweets included a range of commentary blasting Facebook's ban as politically-motivated censorship.

"We've always banned individuals or organisations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology", Facebook, which has been under intensifying pressure to curtail controversial content, said in a statement on Thursday.

Trump has been particularly interested in expressing anger over Watson's ban.

Trump also highlighted the case of conservative actor James Woods, who was suspended from Twitter for a tweet reading "If you try to kill the King, you best not miss' #HangThemAll, ' a paraphrase of the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote". His organisation Infowars was also banned by Facebook.

"It appears they're taking their censorship campaign to the next level", Trump Jr. tweeted.

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The president's Twitter posts claimed that pro-Trump supporters had been "treated so horribly by Facebook" that he was "looking into" the ban, as previously reported by Sputnik.

Some free speech advocates have cautioned that Facebook's attempts to police hate speech could lead to unintended consequences. "We are monitoring and watching, closely!" he added. "Much of what they do is FAKE NEWS!", he asserted. At the hearings, Republicans like Steve King of Iowa have cited articles from far-right media outlets like the Gateway Pundit to accuse social media companies of bias against conservatives.

Then he suggested he likes the idea of some social media bans - if they affected the sources he can't stand.

"Today's announcement from Facebook is a step in the right direction", said Cristina Lopez G., deputy director for extremism at non-profit watchdog group Media Matters for America.

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