Facebook has gone through yet another purge of right-wing media personalities. The targets this time were alt-lite, civic nationalist figures Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer. This ban included its sister platform Instagram.
This latest purge by Facebook goes further than the platform’s original commitment to ban users from their platform who promote white nationalism and separatism.
A Facebook spokesperson told Variety “We’ve always banned individuals or organisations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
Paul Joseph Watson is known for his long association with Alex Jones’ InfoWars which was banned by all mainstream social media last year, but his channels survived this purge. His own social media were not affected, his media was also under the name Prison Planet and has his own news site summit.news.
Watson still has his Twitter and YouTube. He has called his ban political interference by Facebook as the platform is engaged in a pattern of banning supporters of President Donald Trump.
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Leftists: This is horrendous! This is election meddling! Democracy is at stake!
Facebook bans most of the people who helped get Trump elected.
Leftists (and boomers): Hur dur muh private company can do what it likes.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 2, 2019
Watson in his YouTube video mocked the proposition that someone who mocks SJWs and discusses memes is a dangerous person, highlighting that Islamic terrorists and Antifa are not banned from Facebook. He also asked where does the censorship end, highlighting that bank accounts are now being shut down for owners having the wrong opinion.
Milo Yiannopoulos had previously been banned from Twitter for inciting the mocking the star of the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters Leslie Jones. He had recently been banned from crowdfunding site Patreon due to being a member of the Proud Boys and been denied a visa to reenter Australia after comments he made in support of Fraser Anning post the Christchurch massacre.
His Facebook page had over 2 million followers at the time of deletion. Milo has followed Tommy Robinson and the Proud Boys in creating a channel on Telegram the encrypted messaging service. He hasn’t made any formal comment on his Facebook ban on Telegram but promises he will posting there regularly soon.
Laura Loomer who previously worked at Rebel Media but is now an independent journalist is known for engaging in provocative street stunts. When she was banned from Twitter she went to the company headquarters and chained herself to the door to protest her ban.
According to Paul Joseph Watson in response to her Facebook ban Loomer is now making thinly veiled suicide threats.
Laura Loomer is now basically making thinly veiled suicide threats because of the way she has been treated. And many on here will laugh. Yet we're the "hateful" ones. OK.
I hope Laura is going to be fine, her friends should check on her.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 2, 2019
Other less well known names to be banned from Facebook are white nationalist Paul Nehlen and black nationalist and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Many suspect Farrakhan was banned so the platform could deny it was only a right-wing purge.
As has become noticed with Tommy Robinson’s ban once a personality has been banned from Facebook anyone who mentions the banned person is banned themselves. This is what Politicalite in the UK found out, this practice was also echoed by Watson.
The creepiest thing is not the bans, it's the threat that anyone else will be banned for talking about the people who were banned.
That's chilling. That's giant corporations enforcing their own Communist Chinese-style social credit system.
And leftists love it.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 2, 2019
We are left wondering when we wake up tomorrow who else will be banned?