Facebook Bans Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars and Others From Its Platforms

Facebook announced Thursday afternoon that it had designated some high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who’s notorious for using anti-Semitic language, and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as “dangerous” and said it will be purging them from its platforms.

Jones and his media outlet InfoWars had previously been banned from Facebook in August 2018, but had maintained a presence on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. On Thursday, Jones and InfoWars will be barred from Instagram as well.

Other people banned Thursday include fringe right-wing media personalities Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos and Paul Joseph Watson. Also included are Paul Nehlen, an anti-Semite who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2016 and 2018.

“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN Business. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”

A Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business the company goes through a lengthy process and takes into consideration a number of factors before determining an individual to be “dangerous.”

The Facebook spokesperson said such factors include whether the person or organization has ever called for violence against individuals based on race, ethnicity, or national origin; whether the person has been identified with a hateful ideology; whether they use hate speech or slurs in their about section on their social media profiles; and whether they have had pages or groups removed from Facebook for violating hate speech rules.

In some instances, when Facebook bans an individual or organization, it also restricts others from expressing praise or support for them on its platforms, the spokesperson said, adding that the company continues to view such action as the correct approach. That policy may not apply to any or all of the people banned Thursday, however.

The spokesperson added that Facebook will remove groups, pages and accounts created to represent the banned individuals when it knows the individual is participating in the effort.

11 comments

  • Irene Warner

    our constitutional right to free speech is being destroyed by people who can not grasp the concept of sharing of ideas. All media is guilty of suppressing free speech and advancing what ever ideology they believe to be true. The assumption of liberals is that we are too stupid to listen to others points of view and forming our own opinions and we must be spoon fed their thoughts and only their thoughts.

    • darkhorse6669

      But what if the hateful free-speech keeps motivating others to commit hate crimes and terrorism? At what point do you say enough is enough. Times are MUCH different than they were in the late 18th century. Dont you think the founding fathers would be upset and disappointed that we didnt change as a country and deal with new problems as they arise?

      • fortisveritas

        “Times are MUCH different than they were in the late 18th century. Dont you think the founding fathers would be upset and disappointed that we didnt change as a country” Oh, you mean like how the Second Amendment applies to semi-automatic AR-style rifles, and not just muskets? Oops, that’s inconvenient…

  • Bob Stevens

    The pre-election purging continues… these social media platforms are a public square and have a monopoly, there is no “bUt mUh pRiVaTe CoMpAnY”, specially when small family businesses have to support leftist/liberal ideas when there are plenty of other options (and often they were targeted on purpose) but these tech giants with majority control can censor and ban conservatives and libertarians for their beliefs…. they are in violation of Section 230 of the CDA… This is election meddling and favors to the dems/left protect the #1a #freedomofspeech #freedomofpress

  • Lisa Marshinski

    “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” . . . . What a flat out lie!!! Facebook is trash, nothing less.

  • scrantonpothole

    Paul Joseph Watson dangerous? LOL, I guess speaking out against islamists murdering innocent people is ‘dangerous’ now, what a complete joke.

  • Kharis Andoheb

    what a surprise- I spend 2 days on FB and 30 days off- been like that since October- I have been banned recently for a post from 2015- zuckerberg loves muslims- dare not say a bad word about them

      • darkhorse6669

        Try reddit, its much more intelligent and theres even a spot for all of you guys called the_donald

      • fortisveritas

        No thanks, appreciate the offer though. Do they have any ‘I’m a victim because of what happened to my ancestors’ pages?

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