Facebook recently ignited a firestorm when it announced that it is banning conservative, controversial and non-mainstream personalities such as Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones and Laura Loomer.
Facebook says this controversial move was done in part to address critics who claim Facebook was doing a poor job of policing its platform for hateful and inciteful views.
On the other side, free speech advocates ask whether Facebook is bending to political pressure to avoid government threat of regulation. They ask whether this invites the government to be involved in a calculation it should have no role in.
Other critics point to objectionable and hateful content on the left that is tolerated, unfettered, on Facebook and other social media platforms.
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"We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology," the social network said of the ban on Alex Jones, Lara Loomer and others.
After months of blowback about inadequately patrolling hate speech on the platforms it owns, Facebook announced plans on Thursday to permanently ban far-right personalities, including Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos and Paul Joseph Watson, as well as Jones' Infowars publication.
Facebook and Instagram are also taking action against Louis Farrakhan and Paul Nehlen, who have been accused of anti-Semitism.
"We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology," the social network said in a statement. "The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today."
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