Facebook has banned the following prominent individuals for hate speech; Alex Jones, host of right-wing conspiracy website InfoWars, its UK editor Paul Joseph Watson and ex-Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Also prior to this development, anti-Islamic UK groups such as Britain First has been banned too.
This ban extended to Instagram which is also owned by Facebook. This is the statement of the social media gian;
We’ve always banned individuals or organisations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.
From all indications, Facebook is really out for eradication of all forms of hate speech, other groups that was banned include Paul Nehlen, a white supremacist, and Laura Loomer, an anti-Islamic activist. Though Alex Jones was smart enough to broadcast to his followers some days to the ban by stating this;
I’m about to be banned,” wrote Mr Yiannopoulos to his followers on Instagram. Please sign up for my mailing list before this account disappears.
What could have led to his ban? Alex Jones hosted Gavin McInnes on his programme. Mr McInnes is the leader of the Proud Boys and the members are known for racist, anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric.