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Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos for being 'dangerous'

Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos for being 'dangerous'

"The majority of the newly banned figures - Yiannopoulos, Loomer, Watson, Jones, and Nehlen - owed their influence to the massive reach they were allowed to cultivate through Facebook and Instagram".

Facebook Inc. said it's banning several controversial far-right figures, including Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer, for violating the social-media company's policies on hate speech and promoting violence.

Facebook says the newly banned accounts violated its policy against unsafe individuals and organisations.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan delivers a speech and talks about U.S. President Donald Trump, at the Watergate Hotel, on November 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Jones, who peddles conspiracy theories through his media site InfoWars and has frequently said that the Sandy Hook school shooting was staged, was temporarily suspended from Facebook past year.

Facebook banned several prominent accounts promoting white nationalism on the platform on Thursday.

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"Today's announcement from Facebook is a step in the right direction", said Cristina Lopez G., deputy director for extremism at nonprofit watchdog group Media Matters for America. A Facebook spokesperson says Yiannopoulos and Loomer have also publicly supported McInnes.

Social media sites like Facebook have always been too lenient when it comes to hate speech, hiding behind the First Amendment and both sides-sim.

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 tech titan banned the groups for contravening its policy forbidding "terrorist activity, organized hate, mass or serial murder, human trafficking or organized violence or criminal activity". The company has often grappled with controlling far-right hate speech on the platform in recent years.

'The reality is, people are getting killed.

'The conditions have changed. Louis Farrakhan was notably also banned from the platforms at the same time. Then Breitbart removed him previous year for his ties to neo-Nazis and racist comments about Meghan Markle.