Facebook forbids accounts and pages associated with the proud boys, a right extremist group whose members attacked protesters in New…
Facebook forbids accounts and pages associated with the proud boys, a right extremist group whose members attacked protesters in New York City earlier in October.
On Tuesday, Twitter users began to report that Facebook took down groups and accounts (both public and personal) linked to members of the organization who have been involved in the presence of political violence in the United States.
A Facebook spokesman confirmed to Insider that the company banning The Proud Boys and founder Gavin McInnes from both Facebook and Instagram, pointing to Facebook’s rules against hate groups.
The takedowns come after members of the proud boys claim attacked protesters after an event in New York on October 1
2th. The members of the group shouted the task of homophobic slurry when they beat and kicked protesters and at least five proud boys have since been arrested.
Moved from Facebook will rob the extremist organization of its primary recruitment and publicity channel – but it will only take months after other technical companies took care of the group.
Post Commentary was founded by Gavin McInnes, also known as founder of the media organization Vice, and describes his members as “Western Chauvinists.” The Southern Poverty Assembly (SPLC), an extremism guard organization, denotes it as a hate group. One of the proud boys’ initiation rituals includes physical violence against the left antifascists.
Jason Kessler, one of the organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right White-supremacist Rally in Charlottesville, resulting in a protest’s death, was allegedly a member of the proud boys.
In a statement, Facebook spokesman said: “Our team continues to study trends in organized hatred and hatred and work with partners to better understand hate organizations as they evolve. We ban these organizations and individuals from our platforms and also remove all praise and support when we become aware of it.
“We continue to review content, pages, and people who violate our policies, take action against hate speech and hate organizations to help our society safely.”
SPLC has previously revealed how the organization used Facebook as a recruitment tool, and set up private groups for “vetting” potential members. “While Twitter has received major criticisms for verifying Proud Boys accounts, Facebook seems to provide recruitment machines to the group,” wrote it. .
As writing, some major Proud Boys groups, including one with 20,000 members, are offline, with Faceboo k which shows users a “This page is not available message” – while others, including the McInnes page, are still available.
Facebook lay behind his comrades in removing the proud boys; Twitter banned the organization and founder back in August, BuzzFeed News reported at that time.
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