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Facebook has removed the pages of the anti-Islamic group Britain First and its leaders. The social media company said the group had repeatedly violated its community standards.

Earlier this month, Britain First's leader and deputy leader, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment. More than two million people had liked the group's Facebook page. The pages of Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen also had large followings.

Facebook says the decision to remove the pages was made after Britain First had ignored a final warning about the posting of material that broke its community standards. The group will not be allowed to set up a replacement page. It is understood that Facebook judged the videos and photos to be designed to incite hatred against Muslims.

Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that she welcomed the move and hoped other tech companies would follow. London's mayor, Sadiq Khan has also issued a statement. "Britain First is a vile and hate-fuelled group," he said. "Their sick intentions to incite hatred within our society via social media are reprehensible, and Facebook's decision to remove their content is welcome."


Good job Facebook :yy: That's Twitter and Facebook now, I wonder if Youtube will ban their channel as well.
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(Original post by Ninja Squirrel)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43398417

Facebook has removed the pages of the anti-Islamic group Britain First and its leaders. The social media company said the group had repeatedly violated its community standards.

Earlier this month, Britain First's leader and deputy leader, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment. More than two million people had liked the group's Facebook page. The pages of Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen also had large followings.

Facebook says the decision to remove the pages was made after Britain First had ignored a final warning about the posting of material that broke its community standards. The group will not be allowed to set up a replacement page. It is understood that Facebook judged the videos and photos to be designed to incite hatred against Muslims.


Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that she welcomed the move and hoped other tech companies would follow. London's mayor, Sadiq Khan has also issued a statement. "Britain First is a vile and hate-fuelled group," he said. "Their sick intentions to incite hatred within our society via social media are reprehensible, and Facebook's decision to remove their content is welcome."


Good job Facebook :yy: I wonder if Youtube will ban their channel as well.
It is good that Facebook is paying attention to groups that try to incite hatred against others.
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(Original post by Ninja Squirrel)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43398417

Facebook has removed the pages of the anti-Islamic group Britain First and its leaders. The social media company said the group had repeatedly violated its community standards.

Earlier this month, Britain First's leader and deputy leader, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment. More than two million people had liked the group's Facebook page. The pages of Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen also had large followings.

Facebook says the decision to remove the pages was made after Britain First had ignored a final warning about the posting of material that broke its community standards. The group will not be allowed to set up a replacement page. It is understood that Facebook judged the videos and photos to be designed to incite hatred against Muslims.

Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that she welcomed the move and hoped other tech companies would follow. London's mayor, Sadiq Khan has also issued a statement. "Britain First is a vile and hate-fuelled group," he said. "Their sick intentions to incite hatred within our society via social media are reprehensible, and Facebook's decision to remove their content is welcome."


Good job Facebook :yy: That's Twitter and Facebook now, I wonder if Youtube will ban their channel as well.
This is very promising news. While there will be some people shouting ‘censorship!’ and ‘freedom of speech!’ When groups start inciting hatred like Britain First I think that’s where we need to draw the line. We are luckily in a country where we are free to do so many different things and believe so many different things. Britain First, if anything, put that at risk because of their ignorant and racist views.
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And yet they haven't deleted the pages of Trump or Farage yet.

Nor of the European far-right - people who are even more extreme than the BNP remain up, presumably because they are waiting for it to be a good PR move before actually taking action against hate.
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(Original post by Ninja Squirrel)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43398417

Facebook has removed the pages of the anti-Islamic group Britain First and its leaders. The social media company said the group had repeatedly violated its community standards.

Earlier this month, Britain First's leader and deputy leader, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment. More than two million people had liked the group's Facebook page. The pages of Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen also had large followings.

Facebook says the decision to remove the pages was made after Britain First had ignored a final warning about the posting of material that broke its community standards. The group will not be allowed to set up a replacement page. It is understood that Facebook judged the videos and photos to be designed to incite hatred against Muslims.

Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that she welcomed the move and hoped other tech companies would follow. London's mayor, Sadiq Khan has also issued a statement. "Britain First is a vile and hate-fuelled group," he said. "Their sick intentions to incite hatred within our society via social media are reprehensible, and Facebook's decision to remove their content is welcome."


Good job Facebook :yy: That's Twitter and Facebook now, I wonder if Youtube will ban their channel as well.
Wooop wooop !! 🎉
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Reminds me of Lady Leshurr’s immortal and wise words:

“Do not think that you’re bad online, I’ll backspace you and delete ya”
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(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
And yet they haven't deleted the pages of Trump or Farage yet.
Was literally about to say this :laugh:

They've removed one of the millions which needs taking down.
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They'll just have to fall back on the vibrant online communities of MySpace and bebo.
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This group of people, repugnant and wrong as their views may be, have the right to express their opinions freely on any and all platforms. Denying them this right is abuse.
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This group of people, repugnant and wrong as their views maybe, have the right to express their opinions freely on any and all platforms. Denying them this right is abuse.
Not when their opinions incite hatred against a group of people.
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Not when their opinions incite hatred against a group of people.
You fail to see the contradiction in your argument. You "hate" them yet you deny them their right to "hate". Why the double standards?
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You fail to see the contradiction in your argument. You hate them yet you deny them their right to hate. Why the double standards?
I am not trying to incite hatred towards them though that's the difference.

Free speech and hate speech are two very different things.
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This group of people, repugnant and wrong as their views maybe, have the right to express their opinions freely on any and all platforms. Denying them this right is abuse.
This is pure ignorance. You do not have a right to have your garbage hosted on someone else's website.
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This group of people, repugnant and wrong as their views maybe, have the right to express their opinions freely on any and all platforms. Denying them this right is abuse.
Why do they have the right to express their opinions on a platform? They have freedom of thought. They have freedom of speech. But they don’t have to have the freedom to project that to the world. They don’t have to have the freedom to harass people with that message.
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This group of people, repugnant and wrong as their views maybe, have the right to express their opinions freely on any and all platforms. Denying them this right is abuse.
I don't use it but as far as I know participation in Facebook requires you to become a member and abide by the rules of membership. There are no doubt plenty of websites on the internet which will accommodate the views of these extremists so there's no actual denial of free speech as such, just a denial by a social networking company to permit views which fall outside of its rules. If you were to join a no-smoking golf club and started to smoke while playing a round, wouldn't you expect to risk a ban? In this case you aren't actually being stopped from smoking though, you just have to find your own place to do it.
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Was literally about to say this :laugh:

They've removed one of the millions which needs taking down.
Yes we should dispatch the SS (Safety squads) to delete any wrongthink on the internet.

There might be a point where your """"Extremist""""" views are banned by the government or shut down on mass media and I will feel little sympathy
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(Original post by Ninja Squirrel)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43398417

Facebook has removed the pages of the anti-Islamic group Britain First and its leaders. The social media company said the group had repeatedly violated its community standards.

Earlier this month, Britain First's leader and deputy leader, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment. More than two million people had liked the group's Facebook page. The pages of Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen also had large followings.

Facebook says the decision to remove the pages was made after Britain First had ignored a final warning about the posting of material that broke its community standards. The group will not be allowed to set up a replacement page. It is understood that Facebook judged the videos and photos to be designed to incite hatred against Muslims.

Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that she welcomed the move and hoped other tech companies would follow. London's mayor, Sadiq Khan has also issued a statement. "Britain First is a vile and hate-fuelled group," he said. "Their sick intentions to incite hatred within our society via social media are reprehensible, and Facebook's decision to remove their content is welcome."


Good job Facebook :yy: That's Twitter and Facebook now, I wonder if Youtube will ban their channel as well.
Good. Those sites shouldn't host pages for groups encouraging violence against specific innocent people.
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so there's no actual denial of free speech as such, just a denial by a social networking company to permit views which fall outside of its rules.
There kind of is. Facebook is being seen to be doing something because they don't want to get the government to get all heavy handed and start regulating social platforms. But there is no right to free speech in the UK and incitement of hatred or violence carries a jail sentence, as Britain First's leader and deputy recently discovered.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43320121
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It's about time.
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