Louis Farrakhan & InfoWars Host Alex Jones Banned By Facebook & Instagram
Louis Farrakhan has been banned from Facebook and Instagram for violating its ban against hate and violence. The National Representative of the Nation of Islam isn’t the only person listed as violating their rules. Alex Jones and other extremists, along with right-wing leaders Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer, along with Jones’ site, Infowars have been banned. The bans apply to both Facebook’s main service and to Instagram and extend to fan pages and other related accounts.
Facebook previously suspended Jones from its flagship service temporarily; this suspension is permanent and includes Instagram.
Facebook says the newly banned accounts violated its policy against dangerous individuals and organizations. The company says it has “always banned” people or groups that proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence, regardless of political ideology.
In a statement, Facebook said,
“The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
Facebook has been under heavy pressure to rid its service of hate and extremist content.
Louis Farrakhan Sr. formerly known as Louis X, is an American black nationalist and minister who is the leader of the religious group Nation of Islam (NOI). Previously, he served as the minister of mosques in Boston and Harlem and had been appointed National Representative of the Nation of Islam by former NOI leader Elijah Muhammad.
Alex Jones is an American radio show host and far-right conspiracy theorist. He hosts The Alex Jones Show from Austin, Texas, which airs on the Genesis Communications Network across the United States and online. Jones runs a website, Infowars.com, based on conspiracy theories and fake news, and the websites NewsWars and PrisonPlanet.
Farrakhan has yet to comment.