Facebook has permanently banned the largest right-wing organizations and leaders in the UK, saying they are included in the new definition of the "dangerous people and organizations" social network.
Groups affected by the ban include the British National Party, English Defense League (EDL), and Great Britain first. Twelve people were also permanently removed from the site, including former BNP president Nick Griffin; British leader First, Paul Golding; the former deputy leader of Great Britain First, Jayda Fransen; and leader of the fascist party of the National Front Tony Martin.
"Individuals and organizations that spread hate, or attack or demand the exclusion of others based on who they are, do not have to post on Facebook," the social network said in a statement. "Under our policy of dangerous individuals and organizations, we prohibit those who proclaim a violent or hate mission or are involved in acts of hatred or violence."
Affected organizations and individuals, which also include the Islamophobe Knights Templar International group, will no longer be allowed on Facebook or Instagram.
The move follows Facebook's recent ban on far-right British activist Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) in February. In March, the company also said it would eliminate all white and white separatist content from its platforms, saying: "It is clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place in our services."
The movement to ban right-wing groups and leaders from the UK was welcomed by UK politicians. Rep. Yvette Cooper, chairwoman of the internal affairs committee, said the ban was "far behind."
"For too long, social media companies have been providing extremist and hateful content online and are benefiting from the poison" Press release. "They have particularly failed in extreme right-wing extremism, since they do not even have the same coordination systems for the platforms to work together as they do with Islamist extremism."
In 2016, British Labor MP Jo Cox was killed by Thomas Alexander Mair, an unemployed gardener with links to far-right organizations, including the National Front. In court, Mair gave his name as "death for traitors, freedom for Great Britain".