Facebook bans far-right groups and leaders including EDL and BNP

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Numerous far-right groups and individuals have seen their social media pages disappear after Facebook imposed a ban on those who spread hate.

Organisations taken off the site include the British National Party, the English Defence League, the National Front and Britain First.

Individual figures will also be unable to build a Facebook following, with past and current far-right leaders Nick Griffin, Tony Martin and Jack Renshaw ousted from the network.

File photo dated 25/03/18 of the Facebook logo displayed on a smartphone, as the social networking site has banned far-right groups including the British National Party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL) from having any presence on the social network for violating the site's rules around promoting hate and violence. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 18, 2019. The banned groups, which also includes Knights Templar International, Britain First and the National Front as well as key members of their leadership, have been removed from both Facebook or Instagram. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Hate. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Facebook has banned a list of far-right groups (Picture: PA)

Some groups, such as Britain First, are already banned, but the new rules will prohibit support for them growing throughout the site.

Facebook said they took the action because those on the list demonstrated a violent or hateful mission.

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A spokesperson said: Individuals and organisations who spread hate, or attack or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are, have no place on Facebook.

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Under our dangerous individuals & organisations policy, we ban those who proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence.

The individuals and organisations we have banned today violate this policy, and they will no longer be allowed a presence on Facebook or Instagram.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin arrives to lay flowers close to the scene where Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed, on May 24, 2013 in London, England. Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was murdered by suspected Islamists near London's Woolwich Army Barracks. The UK's security services are facing a Commons inquiry after confirmation that the two men arrested were known to MI5. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Former BNP leader Nick Griffin is included among those banned (Picture: Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JANUARY 09: Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen appears at Belfast Laganside Magistrates court on January 9, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fransen from Anerley in south-east London is charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour relating to a speech she made in Belfast last year and a video she she filmed at a peace wall in the city in December. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Britain First was banned last year (Picture: Getty Images)

Posts and other content which expresses praise or support for these figures and groups will also be banned.

Our work against organised hate is ongoing and we will continue to review individuals, organisations, pages, groups and content against our community standards.

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Labour Party MP Yvette Cooper, chair of the Home Affairs Select committee, called the move long overdue.

She said social media companies had facilitated extremist or hateful content online for too long and accused them of profiting from the poison.

Calling the ban a necessary first step, she added that it should next be strengthened by independent regulation and financial penalties for firms that did not keep to the guidelines.

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