Facebook bans Britain First from the social network after hate speech sentencing

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said his personal challenge for 2018 is to prevent Facebook from being misused in ways that potentially do harm to its billions of users and to society at large.

Britain First gained worldwide attention last November after Donald Trump retweeted anti-Islam videos shared by Jayda Fransen on Twitter - with the US President sharply rebuked by the British government as a result.

The duo had previously been banned from Twitter after content posted by Fransen had been retweeted by US President Donald Trump, sparking outcry at home and overseas.

Facebook followed Twitter, which also recently banned the group.

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Britain First is a vile and hate-fueled group. As a result, the group was expelled from Facebook.

The social media monolith also targeted party leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen for repeatedly breaking Facebook's rules governing content.

Britain First focused mostly on anti-Muslim rhetoric. As reported by the Telegraph, the group had become one of the largest United Kingdom political parties on Facebook.

Now, Britain First's Facebook page, which had two million followers globally, has been closed. A day earlier, YouTube's CEO announced at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference that the platform was rolling out efforts to curb the spread of conspiracies in videos.

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"The main problem was, few people actually knew what this group was or who was behind it", wrote Hope Not Hate organization researcher Matthew Collins in an op-ed for The Guardian. May has, since that time, spoken out numerous times demanding social media companies do more to combat extremism content.

According to Facebook, it did not make this decision lightly.

"[The pages had] repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the Pages from our service", Facebook said in a blog post Wednesday. The party has a long history of posting bigoted sentiments without a robust reaction from Facebook, which suggests the social network is taking calls to clamp down on hate speech more seriously than in the past.

Facebook has been struggling for years now with how to deal with extremist content on its platform, but rarely intervenes in such a direct manner. Furthermore, the action is more symbolic, but still, it is just a start of a campaign to combat hate groups.

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Facebook has banned Britain First, the far right group whose anti-Muslim videos were shared by Donald Trump, for repeatedly posting "content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups".

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