Tommy Robinson, founder of the English-Defence League, has been banned from Facebook and Instagram after the social media company said he repeatedly breached its policies on hate speech.
“Tommy Robinson’s Facebook Page has repeatedly broken these standards, posting material that uses dehumanizing language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims,” Facebook announced in a blog post explaining the decision.
Robinson, birth name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, violated Facebook’s rules against bullying and public incitement to violence, especially against those of certain protected characteristics. It is very noticeable that these rules are not applied equally to those of ‘protected characteristics’ when they call fot the extermination of all infidels, all straight, white males, or all Jews.
Robinson was reportedly given a final written warning by Facebook last month, advising him that he would be banned sine die if he continued to violate the rules. The warning was allegedly prompted by a call to behead those who follow the Koran, another to “make war” on Muslims, and various videos showing people being harassed and bullied. none of which, it must be said, are actually recalled by people who visit Robinson’s site. Possibly the most offensive thing a visitor might have seen is an example of Robinson exposing the left wing bias of the BBC and showing how they edit interviews to suit their political agenda.
Following the warning, Facebook claim Robinson further breached the company policy by organizing an event with Gavin McInnes and his controversial group The Proud Boys, in addition to repeated posts with inflammatory language targeting specific groups in society. Some of this reportedly included calls for violence against these groups based on ethnicity, race and national origin.
Robinson will join McInnes as well as InfoWars founder Alex Jones on Facebook’s permaban list, each having already been banned from Twitter. The move adds to the Silicon Valley giant’s attempts to clamp down on hate speech.