British far-right activist, Tommy Robinson has been banned from Facebook and Instagram for repeatedly posting dehumanizing language and “calls for violence targeted at Muslims”.
Facebook made the move against Robinson on Tuesday, closing the former English Defence League founder’s public Facebook page, which boasted more than one million followers.
A blog post from Facebook said Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley Lennon, had his public Facebook and Instagram pages closed for his activity around targeting Muslims.
“Our rules also make clear that individuals and organizations that are engaged in ‘organized hate’ are not allowed on the platform, and that praise or support for these figures and groups is also banned. This is true regardless of the ideology they espouse”.
“Tommy Robinson’s Facebook Page has repeatedly broken these standards, posting material that uses dehumanizing language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims.
“He has also behaved in ways that violate our policies around organized hate.
“As a result, in accordance with our policies, we have removed Tommy Robinson’s official Facebook Page and Instagram profile. This is not a decision we take lightly, but individuals and organizations that attack others on the basis of who they are have no place on Facebook or Instagram” the Facebook statement read.