Facebook bans far-right groups and leaders including EDL and BNP
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Far-right groups now banned from Facebook
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