Tommy Robinson has been permanently banned by Facebook, and their associate Instagram, who claim he has repeatedly broken the sites’ policies on hate speech.
This comes just days after he protested outside the BBC offices, against their Panorama programme.
In what some will see as a question of free speech, the company claims Robinson broke rules that ban public calls for violence against people based on protected characteristics; rules that ban supporting or appearing with organised hate groups; and policies that prevent people from using the site to bully others.
In a blogpost, Facebook said: “When ideas and opinions cross the line and amount to hate speech that may create an environment of intimidation and exclusion for certain groups in society – in some cases with potentially dangerous offline implications – we take action.
“Tommy Robinson’s Facebook Page has repeatedly broken these standards, posting material that uses dehumanizing language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims. He has also behaved in ways that violate our policies around organized hate.”
The ban comes a month after Facebook issued a final written warning against Robinson.
Following that warning, Robinson did, according to Facebook, violate their policies again by:
- Organising and participating in events with recognised hate figures or groups, such as Proud Boys and Gavin McInnes
- Public praise or support for these hate figures and groups
- Public remarks that include hate speech targeted at a specific group in society
- Public calls for violence against people based on issues such as race, ethnicity or national origin.
Under the ban, Robinson’s official Facebook page and Instagram profile will be deleted, as well as any future presence on the site preemptively barred.
The decision to ban Robinson from the social media site could threaten his ability to reach large audiences. Robinson is already banned from Twitter and the decision to cut him off from Instagram and Facebook will leave him reliant on YouTube as the only major online platform to provide him with a presence.
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