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

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The social media platform Wednesday banned the Facebook page of "Britain First", the far-right fringe group U.S. President Donald Trump once retweeted to near universal condemnation. One recent investigation from Wired UK found a whole network of Facebook pages linked to Britain First sharing the same content.

Facebook also banned two of the party's leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen.

The duo had previously been banned from Twitter after content posted by Fransen had been retweeted by US President Donald Trump, sparking outcry at home and overseas.

"We do not do this lightly", said Facebook, "but they have repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the Pages from our service". "Political parties, like individuals and all other organizations on Facebook, must abide by these standards and where a Page or person repeatedly breaks our Community Standards we remove them".

Facebook has also removed the pages for the party's two leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, who were jailed last week after being convicted for religiously-motivated harassment.

"We do not do this lightly, but they have repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the Pages from our service".

But Wednesday's crackdown may signal the company is preparing to take a tougher stance on the abuse, even when that means eliminating a page with over 2 million likes. But Facebook isn't a big fan of spreading hatred against other sectors of society, crossing the line from legitimate political speech.

Prime Minister Theresa May told PMQs: 'I welcome that action by Facebook.

There will no doubt be plenty of people who support Britain First that will scream about how this infringes on their freedom of speech/expression rights.

Its main focus is Islamophobia, with the group advocating for "invasions" of British mosques and filming visits to supposed "no go" areas in towns and cities where they harangue locals and hand out leaflets, the report said.

At the time Facebook said it was "reviewing" the page, noting that the company was "very cautious about political speech". Facebook did not say which content specifically got the party booted off the platform, but The Guardian reported that it included a post that compared Muslim immigrants to animals.

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