Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and InfoWars were all removed from Facebook and Instagram today. Facebook said that their policies against dangerous people and organizations were violated by these individual’s accounts. They will not be allowed to make new accounts.
Facebook explained in a statement, “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.” The company continued on to say, “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology.”
What did these individuals do? Jones, the founder of InfoWars, was banned for hate speech/bullying. He would talk about conspiracy theories that believed that the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre never happened. Families of victims have been harassed by Jones and his followers continuously. Watson, an editor and associate of InfoWars, was banned as well.
Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, was making frequent homophobic and Anti-semitic comments. Nehlan, already banned from twitter, is a white supremacist politician. Yiannopoulos was also banned from Twitter for starting racist abuse. Loomer, a far-right activist posted an Instagram story calling Islam “a cancer on humanity”. It was taken down.
The decision of the removal of these accounts were not made fast, they were made after a time of review. Some of the factors that were considered in the removal of these accounts include participating in acts of hate or violence; threatening or following through with acts of violence that are racist or ethnically prejudice; calling themselves a follower of a hateful ideology; or using hate speech or slurs in their profiles.