For years, Facebook has been under-fire for seemingly preferring one particular political narrative over another. Seen as a more liberally-leaning site, a lot of the time you can easily find stories about Facebook banning the accounts of big-name social media commentators.
They’ve gone for people such as Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos. These incendiary media characters have huge followings on their own pages, but now appear to have done enough to get themselves kicked off of Facebook, as well as from other sites such as Twitter and YouTube.
Indeed, Facebook has now seemingly ‘permanently’ banned some of these big name right-wingers, such as Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, and several other big hot shots of the right. However, they’ve also banned the likes of Paul Joseph Watson and Louis Farrakhan.
This is quite an interesting move from Facebook, as it used to try and it paints itself as a more apolitical media network. By taking a side like this, they’ve no doubt opened up an interesting can of worms about what comes next.
According to Facebook, these people are “dangerous” and thus should not be part of their social media network. According to a Facebook representative in an official statement, they said via The Washington Post: “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations 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.”
While a company is free to have its own regulations and choices as to who can and cannot use its platform, Facebook has come under fire for suppressing the right for people to use their platform to spread right-wing leaning political messages and ideologies.
In the past, Facebook has already barred the likes of Jones and Loomer, as well as other people on the right, for their views. Their views range from various different popular conspiracies, such as the Sandy Hook massacre being staged, to various conspiracies about presidential elections and various other similar claims.
Over the years, these figures have grown in profile in various media circles, and have built large followings across social media.
One immediate supporter of one of the banned, Mr. Farrakhan, was Snoop Dogg. The famous rapper, who is part of the Nation of Islam, said:
“Facebook and Instagram just banned Minister Louis Farrakhan. I wanna know for what? All he ever do was tell the truth, but y’all gonna ban him?” Snoop Dogg said in the first short clip. “I stand with him, I’m with him. Ban me motherf****r. Ban me.”