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Facebook bans ‘dangerous individuals’

Facebook is banning several prominent figures it regards as “dangerous individuals”. The social network accused Alex Jones, host of right-wing conspiracy website InfoWars, its UK editor Paul Joseph Watson and ex-Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos of hate speech.

Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has expressed anti-Semitic views, will also be excluded. Facebook has already banned anti-Islamic UK groups like Britain First. The latest ban also applies on Instagram, which Facebook owns.

However, Facebook has been criticised for giving forewarning of the bans, giving those affected a chance to redirect their followers to other services.

A spokesperson at Facebook said the ban will apply to all types of representation of the individuals on both Facebook and Instagram.

The firm said it would remove pages, groups and accounts set up to represent them, and would not allow the promotion of events when it knows the banned individual is participating.

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