Far-right group Britain First banned by Facebook

 smh.com.au  3/14/2018 7:59:00 PM 

LONDON: Facebook says it has banned Britain First from its platform for breaking rules against inciting hatred, blacklisting a far-right group brought to global attention when US President Donald Trump retweeted its anti-Islamic posts.

Facebook said the decision had been made to take down Britain First's Facebook page and those of its leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, for repeatedly violating rules designed to stop the incitement of hatred against minority groups.

Jayda Fransen, leader of the fringe British anti-Islam party Britain First.

Jayda Fransen, leader of the fringe British anti-Islam party Britain First.

More than two million people had liked the group's Facebook page.

A fringe party, British First shot to the fore last November when Trump sparked outrage in Britain and a sharp rebuke from Prime Minister Theresa May for retweeting British far-right anti-Islam videos.

The removal of the Britain First pages comes as Facebook and other internet firms like Twitter and Google are under growing pressure to police their networks, refereeing content to prevent extremist groups spreading their messages and recruiting online.

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