Facebook bans Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan for hate speech

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and others from its main service and from Instagram, saying they violated the company’s ban against hate and violence.

The company said Thursday that it has also banned extreme right-wing figures Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer and the conservative conspiracy site Infowars. 

The social media giant previously removed four pages belonging to Jones in August 2018 due to violations of the platform’s community standards.

“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations 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.” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

The bans come as Facebook has pledged to do more to eliminate hate speech on its platform. The company recently banned white nationalism and white supremacy.

Facebook has also faced calls to ban Farrakhan, who has been criticized for making anti-Semitic remarks in his speeches.

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