In an email to the Atlantic, a Facebook spokesperson stated: "We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology". It just took a while to deliver these bans due to the "extensive" process of evaluating potential offenders.
Facebook permanently banning several "dangerous" figures including Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Laura Loomer, while also removing the accounts and pages affiliated with the individuals.
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It is still possible to refer to the banned individuals or share content related to them that Facebook decides does not violate its terms of service, the Menlo Park-based company said. Paul Joseph Watson, a British member of the alt-right who works with Infowars, has also been banned.
In November, Ms Loomer handcuffed herself to a Twitter building in NY in protest at being banned from that platform.
Facebook is cracking down on far-right figures and groups. Jones's organization Infowars was also banned by Facebook.
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Alex Jones of InfoWars (left) talks to reporters outside a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill on September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Facebook has already banned anti-Islamic UK groups such Britain First.
The spokesperson added that Facebook will remove groups, pages and accounts created to represent the banned individuals when it knows the individual is participating in the effort. "The conditions have changed, when you have these massive catalyzing moments that are connected to real-life consequences, it puts pressure on Facebook and others to look in the mirror". In Jones's case, he hosted McInnes on his show late last year and promoted him on Instagram earlier this year. "As we saw in Christchurch, New Zealand-where a white nationalist was able to livestream the slaughter of 50 people at two mosques-online platforms like Facebook have been used to target communities and spread hate".
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