Facebook managed to screw up its ban on 'dangerous' individuals

Facebook managed to screw up its ban on 'dangerous' individuals

"The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today", a Facebook spokesperson told Newsweek.

The company is also blocking religious leader Louis Farrakhan, who is known for sharing anti-Semitic views; Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist who ran for Congress in 2018; and conspiracy theorist Paul Joseph Watson.

Meanwhile, Alex Jones was broadcasting live through Facebook an hour after the announcement to talk about that announcement.

The bans should have been good news for Facebook critics, who have long questioned why these individuals were still allowed to use Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook is banning several prominent figures it regards as "dangerous individuals".

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.

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In November, Ms Loomer handcuffed herself to a Twitter building in NY in protest at being banned from that platform. Any Groups related to the banned figures or Facebook Events promoting them will also be removed according to a Facebook spokesperson.

And in this instance, by timing the embargo for before numerous bans came into effect, Facebook gave the toxic figures it was targeting time to respond and try to mitigate the damage.

Yiannopoulos praised McInnes publicly this year, and Loomer appeared with him at a rally.

Facebook and Instagram's community standards and guidelines can be found online, as can information about how to report accounts or content that violate those standards. Many of them were already off of the platforms by Thursday afternoon. Watson also has 1.6 million subscribers on YouTube.

The banned group also includes Paul Nehlen, a white supremacist, and Laura Loomer, an anti-Islamic activist with a large social media presence. Twitter permanently blocked InfoWars and Jones in September for violating its harassment policies.

Facebook had removed the accounts, fan pages, and groups affiliated with these individuals after it reevaluated the content that they had posted previously, or had reexamined their activities outside of Facebook, the company said. That policy may not apply to any or all of the people banned Thursday, however.