UKIP has slammed Facebook after the social media firm banned Tommy Robinson and scores of activists linked to the party.
Key UKIP members including Young Independence South West Chairman Reece Coombes and fellow Kipper Central contributors Darrell Goodliffe, Damien Heads and Richard Inman of Veterans Against Terrorism found their Facebook accounts suspended today without any explanation from the social media platform.
These bans come on the same day that political activist Tommy Robinson had his Facebook and Instagram accounts taken down. Mr Robinson posted a documentary entitled Panodrama which alleges a link between the BBC series Panorama and far-left campaigning organisation Hope Not Hate. The documentary also features an undercover recording of BBC reporter John Sweeney.
It is understood that the documentary reached over one million views on the platform before the page hosting it was taken down.
UKIP Leader Gerard Batten said, “Without any explanation whatsoever, the personal Facebook accounts of key UKIP members and Tommy Robinson have been removed. I am sure it is no coincidence that this is happening within 24 hours of the release of the Panodrama documentary.
“I would expect critical media outlets to be shut down in tin-pot dictatorships, not the United Kingdom. If anything, it is a sign that UKIP and other voices are causing a stir on social media which deeply concerns the political establishment.
“I call on Facebook to reinstate all of the accounts as soon as possible and I wish to re-state UKIP’s commitment to freedom of speech and expression. UKIP is the only party interested in genuine free speech and countering the politically correct MSM narrative. We are moving into a dark place in our national life, and if people are concerned, they need to support those who defend their traditional rights and freedoms.”
Tommy Robinson was banned from Facebook this morning, His page, that had more likes than any mainstream political figure in the UK was purged in the past few hours.
Along with Tommy’s page, accounts linked to admins of Politicalite UK have also been disabled, meaning we have currently lost access to our Facebook page – and are unable to post updates to our more than 40,000 followers.
Facebook, in a statement, said: “When ideas and opinions cross the line and amount to hate speech that may create an environment of intimidation and exclusion for certain groups in society – in some cases with potentially dangerous offline implications – we take action.
“Tommy Robinson’s Facebook page has repeatedly broken these standards, posting material that uses dehumanizing language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims. He has also behaved in ways that violate our policies around organized hate.”
Politicalite founder Jordan James, who is of mixed-race heritage slammed the move adding: “Removing Tommy, who is a key political figure and represents millions of working-class people across the UK is tantamount to foreign political interference and an attack on democracy.”
“Banning admins related to the Politicalite page and taking away our access is the direct suppression of free speech – and to highlight the ridiculousness of this move, take this – Facebook says that I promote ‘Hate Speech’ – but hang on a moment, I’m a queer mixed-race Jamaican guy – how can Facebook BAN me for being ‘racist’ and promoting ‘Hate Speech?’, those are TWO things i’m against given my background. This stinks.”
The move came after almost 850,000 had watched his expose on the BBC and Hope Not Hate and after THOUSANDS turned up to watch Tommy expose the corporation outside their offices in Salford Quays.