ROME (Reuters) – Facebook and Instagram on Monday blocked the social media accounts of two of the Italian neo-fascist groups, and some of the activists, because they were in violation of the platform policy against the dissemination of hate, Facebook said.
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Casapound and Forza Nuova, which adhere to extreme right-wing ideology, to strengthen their profile in Italy by the world leading anti-immigrant campaigns on social media sites.
“The people and the organizations that spread hate, or attack others on the basis of who they are, do not have a place on Facebook and Instagram,” Facebook, which owns Instagram, said in a statement.
Casapound leader, Simone Di Stefano, the jaw, the decision was made.
“This is an abuse by a private multinational company, in contempt of the Italian law. A spit in the face of democracy,” he wrote in a tweet. Casapound, there were about 250,000 followers on Facebook.
Di Stefano told of his personal account, which had 140,000 followers, were shuttered, along with a number of the city council, around Italy, which belong to the group.
The Forza Nuova leader Roberto Fiore, attached to his motion profiles that had been enough, and it’s said that his group would respond to it with more street protests and recruitment.
The groups’ political opponents applauded the move.
“This is a significant step in the direction of the end of a well-organised season from the hate on the social network,” he said of the former lower house speaker, and the left-wing legislator, Laura Boldrini.
On Monday, Casapound and Forza Nuova supporters took part in a protest outside parliament to demand snap elections after the centre-left Democratic y, to replace the far-right League, in coalition with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement.
Some of the people in the crowd shot of the stiff-armed fascist salute.
Report by Angelo Amante; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Sonya Hepinstall