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Facebook isn’t just banning Groups and Pages anymore.
The social networking behemoth announced Thursday it has banned several high-profile accounts for violating the platform’s rules against dangerous individuals and organizations.
Among those blocked was Infowars publisher Alex Jones, political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
The crackdown comes as Facebook has pledged to do more to eliminate hate speech and bullying on the social networking website. In March, the company banned praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white supremacy.
The accounts had not yet been pulled down as of early Thursday afternoon.
The ban on controversial figures is the latest in a string of efforts to clean up the social networking website.
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