On Thursday, Facebook announced the ban of Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Paul Joseph Watson, Paul Nehlen, Louis Farrakhan and InfoWars over violations of its policies against “dangerous individuals and organizations.” The ban includes the removal of Pages and Groups representing the users. It also extends to Facebook’s other services and platforms, including Instagram.
Facebook said in a statement: “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
Jones was placed under a 30-day ban last year for violating community standards, and four pages associated with the right-wing conspiracy theorist, who also runs InfoWars, were subsequently removed. InfoWars and Jones have faced bans on other social media platforms, including YouTube and Twitter.
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