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Facebook takes down 'Britain First' page for 'inciting hatred'

Facebook takes down 'Britain First' page for 'inciting hatred'

Facebook has banned the official page of far-right group Britain First and two of its leaders for breaching hate speech rules reportedly linked to videos and a photo captioned "Islamophic and Proud".

"Content posted on the Britain First Facebook Page and the Pages of party leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen has repeatedly broken our Community Standards".

The social media giant said it recently gave the page's administrators a written final warning, but they continued to post content "that violates our Community Standards".

Britain First and the group's recently jailed leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen have had their pages removed from facebook.

Facebook emphasised that they had not taken this decision lightly, and defended their position, stating: "There are times though when legitimate political speech crosses the line and becomes hate speech created to stir up hatred against groups in our society".

Facebook went on to say that it's open to different political views, including controversial opinions that some might dislike. "[But] there are times though when legitimate political speech crosses the line and becomes hate speech created to stir up hatred against groups in our society".

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




Fransen was given 36 weeks in prison while Golding was given 18 weeks for harassing Muslim men involved in a rape trial.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told a Brussels audience in January that the US company promised "to do better" to boost privacy, stem the spread of hate speech and clamp down on the abuse of the social network to influence votes.

Twitter and YouTube previously suspended Britain First's accounts, prompting the Facebook review, the company's policy head Simon Milner told the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee in 2017.

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

The far-right group Britain First has been banned from Facebook.

Britain First gained worldwide attention last November after Donald Trump retweeted anti-Islam videos shared by Jayda Fransen on Twitter - with the US President sharply rebuked by the British government as a result.

Following its suspension from Twitter in December, Mr Golding said the group was looking for new social networks to join and urged supporters to follow. "I call on social media platforms to show a stronger duty of care, so that they can live up to their promise to be places that connect and unify, not divide or polarize".


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