Facebook has banned far-right party Britain First and its leaders

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The social media platform Wednesday banned the Facebook page of "Britain First", the far-right fringe group U.S. President Donald Trump once retweeted to near universal condemnation.

The social media giant also took action on the official pages for the group's leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen. Pages associated with those members were also booted from Facebook's platform. Some political opinions might be controversial, but it is important that different views can be shared and we are very careful not to remove posts or Pages just because some people don't like them.

Facebook gave repeated warnings to Britain First to remove hateful and Islamaphobic content, but these had been ignored.

Facebook said Wednesday it has banned the accounts of far-right fringe group Britain First and its leaders, arguing that their posts were created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups.

When questioned by MPs at the end of a year ago, 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 network said it had taken action after they repeatedly broke the site's community standards on hate speech.

There are still Britain First pages up on Facebook at the time of writing, though they appear to be parodies created to mock the group in any way they can.

It comes a week after Ms Fransen and Mr Golding were found guilty in a British court of religiously aggravated harassment, and sentenced to 36 weeks and 18 weeks in prison respectively.

In November, Trump shared three videos posted by Fransen that purported to show Muslims committing acts of violence, a decision by the president that was quickly condemned by political leaders in the US and the United Kingdom.

Britain First had more than two million followers on the platform, significantly more than any of the major political parties in the UK.

"We do not do this lightly, but they have repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the pages from our service", Facebook said in an emailed statement.

"We do not do this lightly, but they have repeatedly posted content created to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the Pages from our service".

The group will not be able to set up another Facebook page. Facebook says that the group has repeatedly violated rules against hate speech, and denies that the bans are an infringement of free speech.

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