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Facebook permanently ban extreme right-wing British activist Tommy Robinson

Extreme-right figurehead Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, leave the Old Bailey on October 23, 2018, in London.
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The british extreme-right activist Tommy Robinson has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram for repeatedly violating the tech giant hate policy.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, the broke rules that ban public calls to violence against protected classes of people, rules that ban appear with or support of extremist groups, and the policy against bullying.

“When ideas and opinions about the line and the amount of hatred that can create a climate of intimidation and exclusion of certain groups in society – in some cases, with potentially dangerous offline implications – we are taking action,” Facebook said in a blog post this week.

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The activist, who is the founder of the English Defense League, was also banned from Twitter almost a year ago.

One of Robinson’s post Muslims are “dirty scum bags”, and another called on people to terrorize and behead those who the Qur’an, Facebook confirmed to Fox News. Robinson has also organized and participated in events with the Pride on the Boys and Generation Identity, the two organizations that the social network designates as hate groups.

‘Tommy Robinson’ s Facebook Page has repeatedly broken [our] standards, the posting of material that used dehumanizing language and incitement to violence directed against Muslims. He has also behaved in a way which is in violation with our policy on organized hate,” the tech giant said.

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Proud of the Boys leader Gavin McInnes was previously banned from Facebook. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is not technically prohibited, but a number of his pages were deleted for repeated violations of the Facebook community standards.

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