Facebook Bans And Label Louis Farrakhan as ‘Dangerous’


Facebook Inc. banned an array of personalities whose views it deemed too inflammatory to be shared on its social network on Thursday, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.


The move was Facebook’s most sweeping yet against online provocateurs and shows Facebook is trying to be more proactive in removing controversial content that users post on its network, after months of criticism that the company hasn’t done enough to prevent bullying, abuse and hate speech.


Facebook said the people it banned violated a set of policies that prohibit “dangerous individuals and organizations.” That category, as defined by Facebook, includes people or groups that have called for or carried out acts of violence, use hate speech or slurs in their descriptions or follow a hateful 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 spokeswoman said.

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