Facebook and Instagram have restricted several right-wing extremists it considers ‘dangerous’, the list also includes conspiracy theorist Alex Jonas and United States President Donald Trump’s long-time advisor Roger Stone.
It has banned the “Nation of Islam” leader Louis Farrakhan, who has frequently made anti-semitic remarks.
On Thursday, a spokesman of Facebook told The Atlantic, “We’ve always banned individuals or organisations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” adding that “the process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
Others have been removed From Twitter and Facebook include Infowars, Paul Joseph Watson Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Paul Nehlen “under the policies against dangerous individuals and organisations”.
The Vox reported that “Nehlen is a white supremacist who ran an unsuccessful primary challenge for the-House Speaker Paul Ryan’s congressional seat in Wisconsin in 2016 and 2018.”
Yiannopoulos is a far-right provocateur, and Watson is a far-right YouTuber.
Infowars and Jones – a far-right US conspiracy theory and fake news website. It has already been removed from Twitter.
None of the people listed will be permitted on Instagram or Facebook, as it will remove any Pages, accounts, and Groups set-up to represent them.