Facebook has banned “dangerous” extremists, such as far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and outspokenly anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan, from all its media platforms, the company announced Thursday.
“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business on Thursday. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
The social media giant also purged accounts belonging to far-right figures Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos and failed congressional candidate Paul Nehlen.
Facebook already “unpublished” four pages connected to Alex Jones and InfoWars last August, but this new ban prevents him from posting on Facebook-owned Instagram as well.