Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Others It Calls "Dangerous Individuals"

Headline Roundup May 2nd, 2019

On Thursday, Facebook announced it was banning several prominent political and media figures it considers "dangerous," including InfoWars host Alex Jones, UK editor Paul Joseph Watson, commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, and activist Laura Loomer. The ban also applies to Instagram, which Facebook owns. The move reignited debate about whether or not social media companies ought to uphold free speech.

Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Others It Calls "Dangerous Individuals"

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Facebook has permanently banned several far-right or hate figures and organizations including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Infowars host Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulos, for being "dangerous" — a signal that the social network is enforcing its policies against hate speech more wholeheartedly.

The company led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that it removed the accounts, fan pages and groups associated with the above individuals from Facebook and Instagram after reevaluating their content or reexamining their activities outside of Facebook. The removal also applies to...

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Facebook is banning several prominent figures it regards as "dangerous individuals".

The social network accused Alex Jones, host of right-wing conspiracy website InfoWars, its UK editor Paul Joseph Watson and ex-Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos of hate speech.

Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has expressed anti-Semitic views, will also be excluded.

Facebook has already banned anti-Islamic UK groups such Britain First.

The latest ban also applies on Instagram, which Facebook owns.

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New York (CNN Business)Facebook announced Thursday afternoon that it had designated some high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who's notorious for using anti-Semitic language, and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as "dangerous" and said it will be purging them from its platforms.

Jones and his media outlet InfoWars had previously been banned from Facebook (FB) in August 2018, but had maintained a presence on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. On Thursday, Jones and InfoWars will be barred from Instagram as well.

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