Facebook takes down 'Britain First' page for 'inciting hatred'

Facebook bans pages of Britain First and leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen

Britain First Banned From Facebook

Facebook has banned from its platform the pages of the far-right British group Britain First and its two leaders, one of whom President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE retweeted a year ago.

Facebook has banned Britain First, the far right group whose anti-Muslim videos were shared by Donald Trump, for repeatedly posting "content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups".

Last week, the two leaders were found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment and received jail sentences.

Fringe party Britain First shot to attention last November after Trump sparked outrage by retweeting some of the group's anti-Islamic videos.

"We recently gave the administrators of the Pages a written final warning, and they have continued to post content that violates our Community Standards", said Facebook in a statement.

The social media giant said it had blacklisted Britain First for repeatedly violating rules created to stop the incitement of hatred against minority groups. They had less than 2 million likes on its page.

"Britain First is a vile and hate-fuelled group whose sole objective is to sow division", Khan said in a statement.

'We are an open platform for all ideas and political speech goes to the heart of free expression.

Britain First is a nationalist group known for its anti-Islam and anti-immigration views.

Pressure has been mounting on Facebook to take action against the groups presence.

The news comes after Facebook's European policy chief, Simon Milner, told politicians the company would review Britain First's accounts.

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. The group is already banned from Twitter. As explained in the above report from Reuters, Prime Minister Theresa May, along with leaders of France and Italy, urged social media networks to put in place mechanisms to remove extremist content.

The move follows appeals by other facebook users, including some in Thanet, to have the pages taken down.

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