Facebook has taken drastic action to ban ‘far-right’ groups such as the British National Party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL) from its platform.

Facebook cited the ban as part of it’s battle against pages violating the rules by promoting hate and violence. Its policy does not permit groups or individuals which engage in “terrorist activity, organised hate, mass or serial murder, human trafficking or organised violence or criminal activity”.

The banned organisations also include the Knights Templar International, Britain First and the National Front as well as high-profile members of their leadership from both Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook said it uses an extensive process to determine the people and groups it assigns as dangerous, using signals such as whether they have used hate speech, and called for or directly carried violent acts against other users based on criteria such as race, ethnicity or nation of origin.

“Individuals and organisations who spread hate, or attack or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are, have no place on Facebook,” a Facebook spokeswoman said.

“Under our dangerous individuals & organisations policy, we ban those who proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence. The individuals and organisations we have banned today violate this policy, and they will no longer be allowed a presence on Facebook or Instagram.”

It’s not Facebook’s first crackdown on hate speech, earlier this year, the platform permanently banned ‘far-right’ activist Tommy Robinson for acting “in ways that violate our policies around organised hate”.

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