As part of Facebook’s pledge to eliminate hate speech on it’s platform, right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and other far-right figures and the conspiracy and far-right politics website Infowars have been banned from both Facebook and Instagram.
On Friday, Donald Trump Jr. whined about it on Twitter, saying:
‘The purposeful & calculated silencing of conservatives by
@facebook & the rest of the Big Tech monopoly men should terrify everyone. It appears they’re taking their censorship campaign to the next level. Ask yourself, how long before they come to purge you? We must fight back.’
Facebook previously removed four pages belong to Alex Jones in 2018 due to violations of the platform’s community standards. According to NBC:
‘Despite his initial ban on Facebook, Jones had remained active on Instagram where his account recently pushed a conspiracy theory about former Vice President Joe Biden. It was one of the most-engaged posts across both social networks in the past few days, according to social media analytics tool Crowdtangle.’
A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement:
‘We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.’
Facebook has also banned white supremacy and white nationalism from it’s platform. In addition, the social media outlet banned Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for anti-Semitic remarks made in his speeches.
Here’s what Twitter had to say to Don Jr:
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