Facebook has banned hate group Britain First


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.

If you search for "Official Britain First", "Paul Golding Official Page", and "Jayda Fransen Official Page" on Facebook, all three have been deleted from the platform. Pages associated with those members were also booted from Facebook's platform. "But political views can and should be expressed without hate", the company said in a statement.

Fransen, who past year tweeted out videos showing purported violence by Muslims and was retweeted by President Trump, was found guilty last week of religiously aggravated harassment - she and Golding reportedly targeted homes of people they believed to be responsible for a gang rape - and sentenced to 36 weeks.

Facebook gave repeated warnings to Britain First to remove hateful and Islamaphobic content, but these had been ignored.

Facebook stated that the group had repeatedly broken the social media website's Community Standards, despite several warnings. "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".

Sky News reports Britain First's Facebook page had two million followers globally.

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President Donald Trump a year ago retweeted posts from Fransen that contained unverified videos of Muslims engaging in violent acts.

Facebook has removed the official page of far-right group Britain First, which "repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups", the media reported on Wednesday. "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", it added.

Facebook is regularly criticised over content which it bans or indeed content it allows to be published. Other content was deemed to have been posted to incite hatred toward Muslims.

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.

The ban is such that Britain First will not be able to create any pages in the future.