Facebook has several accounts closed by some to be controversial, extremist figures. It involves, among others, to complotdenker Alex Jones, the far-right blogger Milo Yiannopoulos and the leader of the radical-religious organization Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan. That share Facebook Thursday.
Facebook is under increasing pressure to be rules about hateful and discriminatory comments apply consistently.
Alex Jones is the leading figure behind a channel that extreme right-wing conspiracy theories and nepnieuws spreads. In the past he spread that the American government was involved in the attacks of 11 september 2001 in New York. He also claimed that the shooting at the elementary school Sandy Hook was staged by actors. Facebook blocked earlier, all of his Facebook account, now is his Instagram account to turn.
Milo Yiannopoulos, who wrote for the right-populist news site Breitbart News, and now raises as a provocative “troll” was, in the past associated with neo-nazis and white supremacists.
Louis Farrakhan had repeatedly notice with anti-semitic statements, and his Nation of Islam is described as a black-nationalist haatgroep.
Statement of Facebook
“We have always had individuals or organisations banned that violence and hatred to promote, regardless of their ideology”, said a spokesperson from Facebook to CNN. The company followed an extensive process to reach the decision that these individuals are ‘dangerous’ and to their accounts to delete, according to the spokesman.
Factors that were taken into account, would other are: whether they are called to violence against individuals based on race, ethnicity or origin, whether they be identified with a hateful ideology, whether they haatspraak or insults to use in their ‘about’description, and whether or not their pages or groups, all are removed due to haatspraak.
According to the spokesperson, new accounts, groups or pages that will be produced to the banned individuals (with their assistance) to represent, to be removed.