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Facebook has banned hate group Britain First

15 March 2018, 12:39 | Erica Roy

Facebook bans pages of Britain First and leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen

Following its suspension from Twitter in December Mr Golding said the group was looking for new social networks to join and urged supporters to follow

Facebook has deleted right wing group Britain First from the site amid repeat breaches of its community standards.

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 network also confirmed that the group will not be allowed to set up an official Facebook page in the future. However, Mr Trump later said he was prepared to apologise, saying he did not know the group's background.

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. Facebook noted that the content violated its Community Standards, and the Page administrators were warned multiplied times previously about their posts.

Britain First's Facebook page and the pages of its two leaders have been removed "with immediate effect", the social media giant has announced.

Facebook emphasised that they had not taken this decision lightly, and defended their position, stating: "There are times though when legitimate political speech crosses the line and becomes hate speech created to stir up hatred against groups in our society".

Facebook said it takes hate speech seriously, and that sometimes "legitimate political speech crosses the line and becomes hate speech created to stir up hatred against groups in our society".

Golding and Fransen were jailed in March for religiously aggravated harassment.

In a statement issued by facebook it says: "There are times though when legitimate political speech crosses the line and becomes hate speech created to stir up hatred against groups in our society". In June 2016, a British Labour MP named Jo Cox was stabbed and shot to death by a right-wing terrorist, Thomas Mair, who shouted "Britain first" during the attack and "death to traitors" at a later court appearance.

The move follows appeals by other facebook users, including some in Thanet, to have the pages taken down.

Twitter has also suspended the party's account. Other content was deemed to have been posted to incite hatred toward Muslims.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan described Britain First on Twitter on Wednesday as a "vile and hate-fuelled group whose sole goal is to sow division". But big social media companies must wield the power they've amassed responsibly.

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