Milo Yiannopoulous, Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan have all been banned.
Facebook is banning several prominent figures it regards as “dangerous individuals”.
The social network accused Alex Jones, host of right-wing conspiracy website InfoWars, its UK editor Paul Joseph Watson and ex-Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos of hate speech.
Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has expressed anti-Semitic views, will also be excluded.
Facebook has already banned anti-Islamic UK groups such as Britain First. The latest ban also applies on Instagram, which Facebook owns.
‘Dangerous’ sounds extreme although many are agreeing that what they or those they have supported, have said is extreme, divisive and hateful. Are these actions restrictions on freedom of speech? If this warranted and allowed what will prevent swinging the pendulim too far in the other direction with too much censorship of the facts exposing legitimate wrong doing?
All liberal democracies around the world protect freedom of speech via charters or constitutions just like they limit the power of government and other checks and balances. None of these protect hate speech and speading of misinformation. If an individual or group has to rely on misinformation or hate speech then they must not have much to stand on.
We must seek and promote the facts and callout false and misleading information. We must strive for an unbiased opinion based on these facts and the impacts of ignoring.