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Facebook Bans Far-Right Group Britain First

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By    |   Wednesday, 14 March 2018 11:09 AM

Facebook announced Wednesday the far-right group Britain First, which President Donald Trump has retweeted on Twitter, and its leaders have been banned for inciting hatred against minority groups.

"Content posted on the Britain First Facebook Page and the pages of party leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen has repeatedly broken our Community Standards," the social media company wrote in a statement.

"We recently gave the administrators of the pages a written final warning, and they have continued to post content that violates our Community Standards. As a result, in accordance with our policies, we have now removed the official Britain First Facebook Page and the pages of the two leaders with immediate effect."

Facebook adds, "We do not do this lightly, but they have repeatedly posted content designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the pages from our service."

Last November, Trump retweeted three videos from Fransen, Britain First's deputy leader, which showed purported Muslim migrants acting violently, though these claims were later discredited.

Trump's retweets sparked widespread criticism in the U.S. and the U.K., with Prime Minister Theresa May saying Trump was "wrong," and "Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions."

Fransen and Golding were sentenced last week after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment, Fransen to 36 weeks and Golding to 18 weeks.

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