Anti-Islamic, neo-Nazi group Britain First have been permanently banned from Facebook after the social media company said the group had ‘repeatedly violated its community standards.’
Facebook’s decisive action follows the jailing of Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen after the pair were found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment.
Britain First’s Facebook page had garnered more than two million followers through the group’s strategy of posting huge amounts of evidence-free neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant content.
Facebook have also permanently banned the pages of Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen.
It is also understood that Britain First and their leaders will not be allowed to set up any replacement pages in future.
Facebook took the decision after they judged that numerous Britain first posts were specifically designed to incite hatred against Muslims.
The offending posts cited by Facebook were:
- a photo of the group’s leaders with the caption “Islamophobic and Proud”
- a caption comparing Muslim immigrants with animals
- multiple videos posted deliberately to incite hateful comments against Muslims
In a blogpost, Facebook said that “People can express robust and controversial opinions without needing to denigrate others on the basis of who they are”.
Britain First’s permanent removal from Facebook follows Twitter’s decision to remove the pages of Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen after they implemented new anti-abuse rules in December last year.
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