Britain First’s Facebook page and the pages of its two leaders have been removed “with immediate effect”, the social media giant has announced.
In a statement, Facebook said the far-right group’s three pages, including leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen’s, had “repeatedly posted content designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups”.
Facebook said it recently gave the page admins a written final warning, but added “they have continued to post content that violates our community standards”.
“As a result, in accordance with our policies, we have now removed the official Britain First Facebook Page and the Pages of the two leaders with immediate effect. We do not do this lightly, but they have repeatedly posted content designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the Pages from our service.”
The statement also said: “We are an open platform for all ideas and political speech goes to the heart of free expression. But political views can and should be expressed without hate. People can express robust and controversial opinions without needing to denigrate others on the basis of who they are.”
In December last year Fransen and Golding were also suspended from Twitter, amid the social media platform’s crackdown on ‘hateful conduct’.