Far-right group Britain First banned by Facebook

Protesters hold placards and British Union Jack flags during a protest titled'London march against terrorism in response to the March 22 Westminster terror attack

Protesters hold placards and British Union Jack flags during a protest titled'London march against terrorism in response to the March 22 Westminster terror attack

Facebook's banning of Britain First follows in the footsteps of Twitter Inc., which late past year pulled accounts linked to Britain First, alongside US white supremacist organizations like the League of the South and American Renaissance.

Earlier this month, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment at a trial in Kent.

Facebook said that all three pages in question repeatedly violated its community standards, even after the administrators received final written warnings.

Britain First, which had more than two million likes of its Facebook page, was removed for repeatedly violating community guidelines, such as sharing videos created to insight hatred against Muslims.

"We have community standards that clearly state this sort of speech is not acceptable on Facebook and, when we become aware of it, we remove it as quickly as we can", the statement continued.

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.

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Facebook said the posts which got it kicked off the platform included a graphic comparing Muslim immigrants to animals, a photo of Golding and Fransen with the caption "Islamophobic and proud" and video of ISIS beheadings.

A mirror page for "Britain First" however has already been created on Facebook and its first post reads: "Britain First are unable to get an official Facebook Page, due to Facebook banning the account and the leaders".

Britain First's massive online presence originally got kicked off thanks in part to tricking Facebook users into "liking" far more innocuous posts such as images that railed against dog fighting or memes that promoted supporting British soldiers.

Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that she welcomed the move and hoped other tech companies would follow. 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 views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

The PM has been calling on social media companies to take more responsibility for content posted on their sites.

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