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The Facebook Ban on 'Dangerous Individuals'
May 7, 2019 at 10:44 PM

The Quick Facts

  • Last week, Facebook banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, and other extremists, saying they violated its ban on “dangerous individuals.” The company has faced increased pressure to crack down on hate and bigotry on its platform.
  • Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam, and has long been known for provocative anti-Semitic comments. Jones runs the controversial site Infowars, which often posts conspiracy theories.
  • The company also removed right-wing personalities Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer.
  • Facebook has previously suspended Alex Jones from its main platform temporarily; these recent suspensions are permanent. They apply to both Facebook and Instagram and extends to fan pages and other related accounts.
  • On Friday, President Trump took aim at Facebook’s decision on Twitter, saying: “I am continuing to monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms. This is the United States of America — and we have what’s known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH!”

Food For Thought

Did Facebook make the right decision by banning users like Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan from its platforms? Does this qualify as censorship?

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