The continued presence of a UK Far Right activist on YouTube’s platform has been raised by the deputy leader of the official opposition during ministerial questions in the House of Commons today. Labour’s Tom Watson put questions to the secretary of state for digital, Jeremy Wright, regarding Stephen Yaxley-Lennon’s use of social media for targeted […]View More YouTube under pressure to ban UK Far Right activist after livestreamed intimidation
Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a Far Right UK activist who was permanently banned from Facebook last week for repeatedly breaching its community standards on hate speech, was nonetheless able to use its platform to livestream harassment of an anti-fascist blogger whom he doorstepped at home last night. UK-based blogger Mike Stuchbery detailed the intimidating incident in a […]View More UK Far Right activist circumvents Facebook ban to livestream threats
Facebook and Instagram have banned Tommy Robinson, former leader and founder of the far-right, anti-Muslim group English Defence League (EDL).
Facebook said in a blogpost that they have removed Robinson’s pages on Facebook and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. The profiles have been taken down for “repeatedly” violating the community guidelines by “posting material that uses dehumanizing language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims.”
“Our rules also make clear that individuals and organizations that are engaged in ‘organized hate’ are not allowed on the platform,” Facebook added. “This is true regardless of the ideology they espouse.” Read more…View More Facebook and Instagram ban UK far-right figure Tommy Robinson
PayPal has banned Tommy Robinson, former leader of the far-right, anti-Muslim group English Defence League (EDL), from it’s platform.
In a statement sent to Mashable, the online payments company said that it doesn’t comment on individual cases, but that they carefully review accounts to make sure that they fit user guidelines.
“We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory,” PayPal wrote, adding that “we work hard to achieve the right balance and to ensure that our decisions are values-driven and not political.” Read more…View More PayPal bans prominent UK far-right figure from using its services
Twitter has changed its verified profiles policy, saying it will strip the blue checkmark from accounts that don’t follow the new guidelines.
And its impact is now being felt among far-right personalities in the U.S. and UK.
Tommy Robinson, prominent British rightwing personality and founder of the English Defence League (EDL), said on Twitter he had his blue badge removed and commented: “& so it begins.”