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Facebook deletes Alex Jones, 5 others

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Published on May 2, 2019 - Duration: 01:25s

Facebook deletes Alex Jones, 5 others

Under mounting pressure to get hate speech off its platform, Facebook on Thursday said it booted off half a dozen controversial personalities, including Alex Jones and InfoWars, and Milo Yiannopoulos from Instagram and Facebook after deeming them quote "dangerous" under its policy.

Jane Lanhee Lee reports.

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Facebook deletes Alex Jones, 5 others

Under mounting pressure to get Hate speech off its platform, Facebook on Thursday said it booted off half a dozen controversial personalities, including Alex Jones and InfoWars, and Milo Yiannopoulos from Instagram and Facebook after deeming them quote "dangerous" under its policy.

It's a sign that the social media giant is stepping up enforcement of its hate speech policies after facing backlash from civil rights groups for not doing enough.

In an email statement Facebook said it's always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate and that the process of evaluating potential violators is extensive.

Far right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his media outlet InfoWars were banned from Facebook in 2018 - along with bans from Apple, YouTube, and Twitter, but had maintained a massive presence on Instagram until Thursday's ban.

Far-right personality Laura Loomer whose Instagram story last month referred to Muslims as quote "muzzles," and called Islam quote "a cancer on society," has also been banned.

Facebook said Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan referred to Jews as termites, and called the religion dirty and its followers liars, cheaters, thieves, leading to his ban.

The social media giant said it wasn't just removing Pages, Groups and accounts set up to represent those who were banned, but would also remove Facebook events if it learns any of its banned individuals are participating.

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