Facebook removes UK far-right activist Tommy Robinson over hate speech

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Far-right figurehead Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, greets supporters outside the Old Bailey after his case was adjourned on September 27, 2018 in London, England.

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Far-right figurehead Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, greets supporters outside the Old Bailey after his case was adjourned on September 27, 2018 in London, England.

Facebook pulled the official page and Instagram account belonging to British far-right activist Tommy Robinson, citing its policies around hate speech.

The firm said in a blog post Tuesday that Robinson had posted content that “uses dehumanizing language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims.”

Robinson, who formerly led a right-wing political organization called the English Defense League, has gained notoriety for his vocal criticism of Islam. The EDL has been known to stage violent demonstrations against the religion, and has been accused of Islamophobia.

Facebook’s decision Tuesday follows a move from the social network and various other tech firms to remove content and pages associated with the controversial right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

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