Britain First Banned From Facebook

Britain First Banned From Facebook

The removal of the Britain First pages comes as Facebook and other internet firms like Twitter and Google are under growing pressure to police their networks, refereeing content to prevent extremist groups spreading their messages and recruiting online.

In a statement on Wednesday, Facebook said the group had been kicked off the platform because over content which incited "animosity and hatred against minority groups". In 2016, after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg chose to allow anti-Muslim comments posted by Trump to remain on the platform, the company said content that violates its standards but is otherwise "newsworthy, significant or important to the public interest" will not be removed.

But in its post, Facebook made it clear that there was a fine line between expressing controversial political views and expressing hate.

With only a few thousand members and repeated failures to elect government candidates, Britain First has no direct political influence in the UK. Because they don't understand that Facebook is a private company capable of setting its own rules about what is and isn't acceptable.

A post on the seemingly new page says "The next form of fascism will come from the left wing liberal's against freedom of speech".

Facebook (FB.O) banned on Wednesday far-right group Britain First from its platform and deleted the pages its leader Paul Golding and deputy leader Jayda Fransen for violating rules created to stop the incitement of hatred.

In a statement released Wednesday announcing its decision, Facebook said the three pages had "repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups".

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The group's main Facebook page had more than 2 million likes, and videos it shared on Twitter were notably retweeted by US President Donald Trump last November. The official, serious one is now gone, and it won't be coming back.

ReutersPaul Golding, the leader of Britain First, speaks at a rally held in central London, April 1, 2017.

The organization is notorious for posting inflammatory racist content on its own Facebook page, and on the Pages of leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen.

The pair were both imprisoned last week in the United Kingdom for hate crimes, accused of "religiously-aggravated harassment".

Facebook said it recently gave the page admins a written final warning, but added "they have continued to post content that violates our community standards".

Britain First had almost twice as many Facebook likes as the United Kingdom's mainstream Labour Party, which has only one million followers.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan described Britain First on Twitter on Wednesday as a "vile and hate-fuelled group whose sole goal is to sow division".

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