Facebook Bans Pages of Far-Right Group Britain First for Inciting Hatred

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Facebook has banned Britain First (BF) leaders from using its platform, just days after the group's leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed for a series of hate crimes committed against Muslims.

"We do not do this lightly, but they have repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the pages from our service", Facebook said in a blog post.

Facebook says that the decision to implement bans was not taken lightly and that the moderators of the Britain First page, and Golding and Fransen, had received final written warnings about the content they were posting.

Facebook has banned Britain First, which had 2 million likes, and its two leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, saying the far-right group has "repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups". "We do not do this lightly, but they have repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the pages from our service", it added.

Facebook's head of policy Simon Milner had told a House of Commons committee that Britain First had until recently been registered with the Electoral Commission and therefore "deemed legitimate" by the authorities, but there were "clearly issues" with the page.

Facebook has banned Britain First, the far right group whose anti-Muslim videos were shared by Donald Trump, for repeatedly posting "content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups". The group also reportedly uploaded an image stating the leaders of the group were "Islamaphobic and Proud".

Facebook's announcement was welcomed by London mayor Sadiq Khan.

The company first said it was reviewing the pages in December, after Twitter banned the group and YouTube restricted some of their videos.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, after Trump's retweets, called Britain First "a hateful organization", and condemned Trump for putting a spotlight on the group. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

May has joined forces with the leaders of France and Italy to urge social media companies to do more to remove extremist content.

Britain First had more than two million followers on the platform, significantly more than any of the major political parties in the UK.

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