Tommy Robinson (pictured outside the Old Bailey in October last year) has been banned from Facebook
It comes after the English Defence League founder was also banned from Twitter. He had more than a million followers on his main Facebook page until today’s ban.
Facebook said in a statement that 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’ and require the platform to ‘take action’.
‘Our public Community Standards state this sort of speech is not acceptable on Facebook – and when we become aware of it, we remove it as quickly as we can,’ it continued.
‘Our rules also make clear that individuals and organizations that are engaged in “organized hate” are not allowed on the platform, and that praise or support for these figures and groups is also banned. This is true regardless of the ideology they espouse.
Tommy Robinson (pictured) has been removed from the platform and accused of calling for violence against Muslims
‘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. As a result, in accordance with our policies, we have removed Tommy Robinson’s official Facebook Page and Instagram profile.
‘This is not a decision we take lightly, but individuals and organizations that attack others on the basis of who they are have no place on Facebook or Instagram.’