FACEBOOK has banned Britain First and deleted its page saying that the political party has “repeatedly posted content designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups”.
Britain First’s Facebook page with more than 2m likes and the pages of the two leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, have been banned from Facebook.
Britain First had the most liked Facebook page in the political party category in the UK.
“We are an open platform for all ideas and political speech goes to the heart of free expression,” Facebook said in a statement. “But political views can and should be expressed without hate. People can express robust and controversial opinions without needing to denigrate others on the basis of who they are.”
“We have community standards that clearly state this sort of speech is not acceptable on Facebook and, when we become aware of it, we remove it as quickly as we can,” the company added. “Political parties, like individuals and all other organisations on Facebook, must abide by these standards and where a page or person repeatedly breaks our community standards we remove them.” The group will also not be allowed to set up any further pages in future.
Last week the British state jailed the leaders of Britain First.
Golding was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, while Fransen was handed a 36-week jail term.