Facebook bans far-right Britain First group and its leaders

Facebook removes pages of far-right British group

Facebook removes pages of far-right British group

Fransen, 31, was jailed for 36 weeks last week for religiously aggravated harassment, while Golding, 36, was given an 18-week term for the same offence.

Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the move in the House of Commons saying she hoped other technology companies would follow suit.

Facebook has banned United Kingdom far-right group Britain First, saying the organization repeatedly broke the social network's standards by sharing content "designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups".

But a quick search on Facebook now shows a Britain First page with 369 likes as of Wednesday morning. The party has a long history of posting bigoted sentiments without a robust reaction from Facebook, which suggests the social network is taking calls to clamp down on hate speech more seriously than in the past.

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The final straw that led to Britain First's ban included anti-Islam memes likening Muslims to animals and announcing the group was "Islamophobic Proud".

"Political parties, like individuals and all other organisations on Facebook, must abide by these standards and where a Page or person repeatedly breaks our Community Standards we remove them".

"Britain First is a vile and hate-fuelled group whose sole goal is to sow division", Khan said in a statement. Facebook noted that the content violated its Community Standards, and the Page administrators were warned multiplied times previously about their posts.

Despite continued warnings from Facebook, the group continued to breach rules.

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The official Britain First Facebook page has been taken down, as have the official (but not personal) pages for the group's leader Paul Golding and deputy leader Jayda Fransen, the Verge 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. In addition, after the retweet, Twitter and YouTube took action against the group.

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May has joined forces with the leaders of France and Italy to urge social media companies to do more to remove extremist content. The platform had removed the page once before, in 2015, but it said it was "a mistake", and quickly restored it.

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