Facebook removes page of far-right group Britain First

Facebook removes pages of far-right British group

The move comes just days after Britain First's leader Paul Golding and deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who hit the headlines previous year after her posts were retweeted by President Donald Trump, were jailed for hate crimes.

The anti-Islamic group shared incendiary pictures, stories, and memes, largely relating to Muslims and complaints about a deemed breakdown in British society.

The organization is notorious for posting inflammatory racist content on its own Facebook page, and on the Pages of leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen.

With only a few thousand members and repeated failures to elect government candidates, Britain First has no direct political influence in the United Kingdom. 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.

Facebook has banned Britain First (BF) leaders from using its platform, just days after the group's leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed for a series of hate crimes committed against Muslims.

Facebook did not cite specific posts made on the group's page to provoke the ban, but the BBC reports that the offending posts included videos that stoked hatred against Muslims and a caption that compared Muslims to animals. But it draws a line against hate speech.

Both Golding and Fransen recently received prison sentences for religiously-aggravated harassment.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, leader of the Conservative Party who's known to be tough on immigration, reportedly also welcomed the move.

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In a statement issued by facebook it says: "There are times though when legitimate political speech crosses the line and becomes hate speech created to stir up hatred against groups in our society".

Twitter suspended Britain First party leaders in December.

The Guardian reported that the group's considerable social media presence, particularly on Facebook, has been a key driver in the group's growth.

When questioned by MPs at the end of past year, Facebook policy head Simon Milner told the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee that Facebook was "reviewing" the group's page after other social networks such as Twitter and YouTube suspended group accounts.

The social media company says it did not take the decision lightly but had to respond to attempts to incite animosity and hatred.

'People can express robust and controversial opinions without needing to denigrate others on the basis of who they are'.

"Big social media companies must wield the power they've amassed responsibility", Khan said.