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Facebook bans ‘dangerous’ users

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/03/19, 11:51 am

Facebook announced on Thursday that it has banned six well-known internet personalities, including some with what many consider to be extreme or conspiratorial views, from its platforms. Leader of the Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and his site Infowars, Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, and Laura Loomer were all banned for violating Facebook’s policy against “dangerous individuals.” The latest ban also applies to Facebook’s Instagram platform and blocks fan pages and related accounts.

Facebook has received pressure for years to crack down on speech that users find offensive. It suspended Jones last year, but this new ban is permanent. It was not immediately clear what led to the announcement. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive, and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today,” Facebook said in a statement.

The social media giant said it has always banned people or groups that proclaim violent or hateful missions or are engaged in acts of hate or violence. Facebook also said it also prohibits anyone from praising or supporting banned pages, but in this case, people can speak positively about the six banned individuals as long as they are otherwise complying with the platform’s policies.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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Comments

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Fri, 05/03/2019 01:58 pm

    Surprisingly, Louis Farrakhan is considered to be a dangerous individual by Facebook.

  • McMed
    Posted: Fri, 05/03/2019 02:31 pm

    And what exactly is Facebook's definition of "dangerous"?  People calling for assassination against the President are still allowed to have an account. Double standards abound!

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    Xion
    Posted: Tue, 05/07/2019 08:23 am

    Those are only the most publicized, high profile bans.  But many friends of mine routinely have conservative posts banned.  And suddenly I am being bombarded by political posts from Biden and others.  100% of everything political I see on Facebook now is from Democrats.  They should stop pretending to be neutral and just declare themselves to be part of the Democratic Party.

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    phillipW
    Posted: Mon, 05/06/2019 10:49 am

    Facebook is "dangerous".

  • VolunteerBB
    Posted: Mon, 05/06/2019 02:17 pm

    Just get off of FB altogether, use MEWE or something else, or how about nothing.  My life is full and rewarding and I don't use it or twitter or instagram, etc.  

    I don't need anyone targeting me for adds because of my age or what I have "googled."  I can think for myself. 

    When Myspace was a big thing along with Facebook, I called them Wastebook or Mywaste, as in the enormous amount of time wasted.  

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 05/06/2019 04:40 pm

    I’ve never signed on with Facebook, Twitter, what have you.  

    I’m sure I’ve missed sooo much!

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