Facebook bans high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for violating its policies

Facebook have announced that some high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, have been banned for violating its policies against dangerous individuals.

The social media giants on Thursday banned the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who's notorious for making inflammatory anti-Semitic as well as homophobic remarks and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Infowars founder Jones was suspended from Facebook last year under rules against bullying and hate speech. In February, the company removed another 22 pages associated with him and his businesses.

Other people banned included Paul Nehlen, an anti-Semite who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2016 and 2018, and fringe right-wing media personalities Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos and Paul Joseph Watson.

Nehlen is a white supremacist politician who had previously been banned from Twitter. Yiannopoulos is a far-right provocateur who was banned from Twitter after inspiring a wave of racist abuse. Loomer is a far-right activist who recently called Islam “a cancer on humanity” on her Instagram story

"We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN Business. "The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today."

Facebook did not disclose all of the incidents that led to the accounts’ removal, saying that it had made the decisions following a period of review. The decision took into account the group’s behavior both on and offline, the company said.
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