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Facebook Bans English Far-Right Activist Tommy Robinson

Facebook has permanently banned the English far-right activist Tommy Robinson for repeatedly breaking its hate-speech policies. Robinson has been banned for “posting material that uses dehumanizing language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims,” Facebook said in a statement released early Tuesday. Under the ban, Robinson’s official Facebook page and Instagram profile will be deleted. He joins Gavin McInnes, the Proud Boys founder, and the Infowars founder Alex Jones as figures who are permanently banned from the platforms. Facebook said Robinson had violated its policies with posts calling Muslims “filthy scum bags” and calling on people to “make war” on Muslims. Right-wing figures in the U.S., including Steve Bannon, have expressed support for Robinson. His official Facebook page had more than 1 million followers and likes.