Britain First Facebook page banned by tech giant

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Britain First Facebook page banned by tech giant

Facebook has banned the official page of far-right group Britain First and two of its leaders for breaching hate speech rules reportedly linked to videos and a photo captioned "Islamophic and Proud".

Facebook has erased the page belonging to Britain First, a notorious anti-Islamic political group whose videos were previously shared online by President Trump.

Britain First describes itself as "a patriotic resistance and "frontline" for our long suffering people" that will "restore Christianity as the bedrock" of national life and put British workers first.

The social network has also closed down the pages of the leaders of the group - well-known in the United Kingdom, and also brought to USA attention after Donald Trump shared its tweets.

The far-right group Britain First has been banned from Facebook.

Pressure has been mounting on Facebook to take action against the groups presence.

In a blog post announcing the decision, Facebook emphasised that it was a big supporter of people having different views - saying that it can't just remove pages because a person or group of people don't like them.

"We are an open platform for all ideas and political speech goes to the heart of free expression", a Facebook statement read.

In a statement released Wednesday announcing its decision, Facebook said the three pages had "repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups". But it draws a line against hate speech.

"Political parties, like individuals and all other organisations on Facebook, must abide by these standards and where a Page or person repeatedly breaks our Community Standards we remove them".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan described Britain First on Twitter on Wednesday as a "vile and hate-fuelled group whose sole objective is to sow division".

'We do not do this lightly, but they have repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the Pages from our service'.

Facebook followed Twitter, which also recently banned the group.

Last week, the two leaders were found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment and received jail sentences. But, like many extremist organizations, it's been an effective communicator on social media. "I call on social media platforms to show a stronger duty of care, so that they can live up to their promise to be places that connect and unify, not divide or polarize".

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