Facebook bans far-right group Britain First for inciting hatred

LONDON (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) mentioned on Wednesday it banned Britain First from its platform for breaking guidelines in opposition to inciting hatred, blacklisting a far-right group dropped at global consideration when U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted its anti-Islamic posts.

FILE PHOTO: A girl’s hand and the emblem of Britain First are pictured throughout a rally in Rochester, Britain November 15, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Facebook mentioned it had taken down Britain First’s Facebook web page and people of its leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, for repeatedly violating guidelines designed to cease the incitement of hatred in opposition to minority teams.

A fringe get together, British First shot to the fore final November when Trump sparked outrage in Britain and a pointy rebuke from Prime Minister Theresa May for retweeting British far-right anti-Islam movies.

The removing of the Britain First pages comes as Facebook and different web corporations like Twitter (TWTR.N) and Google (GOOGL.O) are beneath rising stress to police their networks, refereeing content material to forestall extremist teams spreading their messages and recruiting on-line.

May has joined forces with the leaders of France and Italy to induce social media firms to do extra to take away extremist content material. She mentioned on Wednesday that she welcomed the announcement by Facebook.

“I hope other companies will follow,” she advised British lawmakers.

Facebook mentioned it was cautious to not take away posts or pages simply because they had been controversial and a few folks didn’t like them, however mentioned that Britain First had gone additional and damaged its anti-hatred guidelines with its anti-Islam posts.

“We do not do this lightly, but they have repeatedly posted content designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the pages from our service,” Facebook mentioned in a weblog put up.

Editing by Paul Sandle and Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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