Published: Tue, May 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

FACEBOOK BANS: Far right activists have accounts suspended

FACEBOOK BANS: Far right activists have accounts suspended

Earlier Friday, the president's son, Donald Trump Jr, fired off his own tweet that appeared to criticise Facebook for removing far-right users.

"The wonderful Diamond and Silk have been treated so horribly by Facebook".

Facebook has banned their accounts for violating its rules against hate speech.

On Thursday, Facebook announced they will be banning a number of right-wing people due to their extremist and "dangerous" behavior.

"The president lamented the apparent suspension of actor and Trump supporter James Woods' Twitter account, as well as the shuttering of Infowars contributor Paul Joseph Watson's Facebook profile this week", added Politico.

The social media giant said: "We've always banned individuals or organisations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology".

A Twitter spokesman confirmed that Woods' account will be restored if he deletes a flagged tweet that violated the site's rules.

Trump went on to suggest the bans were a result of political biases from the leaders of social-media platforms.

Trump's claim comes on the heels of Facebook's announcement that it was banning the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones; the alt-right speaker Milo Yiannopoulos; far-right vloggers Watson and Laura Loomer; Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite; and the conspiracy blog Infowars.

Trump weighed in on the issue, promoting USA citizens' right to "freedom of speech". In a private meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last month, Trump repeatedly raised his concerns that the company has removed some of his followers, the Post previously reported.

Farrakhan, the controversial Nation of Islam minister, was among several conservative voices banned from the social media platforms this week for being "dangerous", according to Facebook's ruling.

Farrakhan himself has long-standing ties to the Democratic Party, sharing stages with high-profile party leaders, and even appearing alongside former President Barack Obama in a photo that surfaced a year ago. After retweeting lots of critics of Big Tech, he asked when media outlets will "apologize to me for knowingly getting the Russia Collusion Delusion story so wrong?" Much of what they do is FAKE NEWS!' he continued.

Twitter and Facebook spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In the wake of another social media purge, CNN host Alisyn Camerota described Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as a "far right" figure on air.

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