A number of racist, alt-right, and white supremacist personalities and pages were banned from Facebook and Instagram on May 2. Social media giant Facebook accused the accounts of violating its policies against dangerous individuals and organizations.
Among those removed were Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and Infowars, The Verge reported. While the accounts were banned, the company said users may continue to create posts on both sites celebrating them and their viewpoints.
“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” Facebook said in a statement. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
Facebook issued the strictest ban for Infowars content, according to The Atlantic. The company will remove any groups created to share Infowars content or events that promote any of…
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