Facebook has banned some prominent far-right extremists including Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Louis Farrakhan, Pete Nehlen, Paul Joseph Watson and others for being “dangerous” and violating the company’s policies on hate speech and violence, the company announced on Thursday. The ban includes Instagram which is owned by Facebook.
Jones, Yiannopoulos, Watson, Loomer, Nehlen, and Farrakhan have all had their personal accounts removed as well as fan pages and groups affiliated with them. Jones’ website InfoWars has also been banned. Any user or group that shares InfoWars content will have the content removed. After multiple violations, the account posting the content will be banned.
Users are still allowed to post content from Yiannopoulos, Watson, Loomer, Nehlen, Farrakhan and Watson without violation.
“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”