Facebook bans far-right British group retweeted by Trump

Facebook bans Britain First from the social network after hate speech sentencing

Facebook bans Britain First from the social network after hate speech sentencing

The move also resulted in a permanent ban for the political group's prominent leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen.

Back in December Facebook was on the receiving end of some flack over the Britain First Facebook pages, particularly after Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the far-right hate group.

The anti-Islamic group shared incendiary pictures, stories, and memes, largely relating to Muslims and complaints about a deemed breakdown in British society.

The social media giant also took action on the official pages for the group's leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen. At the time, Trump said that he did not know who Britain First was, although the ultra-nationalist group's leaders responded enthusiastically to the retweets as affirmation.

Facebook has taken down the account of Britain First, a far-right party with a massive following on the platform, for "content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups", the company said. "Political parties, like individuals and all other organizations on Facebook, must abide by these standards and where a Page or person repeatedly breaks our Community Standards we remove them".

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Facebook did not cite specific posts made on the group's page to provoke the ban, but the BBC reports that the offending posts included videos that stoked hatred against Muslims and a caption that compared Muslims to animals.

The removal of the Britain First pages comes as Facebook and other internet firms like Twitter (TWTR.N) and Google (GOOGL.O) are under growing pressure to police their networks, refereeing content to prevent extremist groups spreading their messages and recruiting online.

The pair were recently jailed after being found guilty of racially aggravated harassment.

In a statement, Facebook said: "We are an open platform for all ideas and political speech goes to the heart of free expression".

These videos may simply be stunts, but the group, along with other far-right United Kingdom organizations, have helped inspire violence.

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Fransen, who previous 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.

London mayor Sadiq Kahn, a frequent target of Britain First, praised Facebook's action.

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

"Big social media companies must wield the power they've amassed responsibility", Khan said.

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