Tommy Robinson has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram after the social media giant accused him of repeatedly breaking the platforms’ policies on hate speech.
A statement released yesterday by Facebook claims: “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.”
Ezra Levant from The Rebel said: “Tommy Robinson had the third-largest Facebook page in the UK, measured by engagement. He was as big as Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May. Tommy represents millions of Brits who are ignored by the establishment.
“Facebook is tampering with British democracy,” Levant went on to say.
Paul Joseph Watson questioned the timing of the ban saying: “Tommy Robinson being banned by Facebook and Instagram was timed deliberately so he couldn’t defend himself against the BBC hit piece about to come out. This is how they operate.”
A Muslim organization, known as the Ramadhan Foundation, is claiming responsibility for Robinson’s ban. In a statement released on their website, CEO and media commentator Mohammed Shafiq said:
“I can reveal I recently held meetings with Facebook representatives in London to discuss the concern of the British Muslim community that Tommy Robinson’s continued presence on Social media was leading to further radicalisation of his supporters and brainwashing them into supporting his racism towards all Muslims. I want to thank Facebook for their action in banning this individual and their promises to taken serious action against hate speech wherever it comes from.
“I can confirm that the Ramadhan Foundation has reached out to Google and YouTube representatives here in London to push them to take similar action to ban Tommy Robinson and look forward to meeting them in the coming weeks,” Shafiq went on to say.
Raheem Kassam called it: “Eviodence that censorious, self-appointed, Muslim ‘community activists’ are pushing the West towards totalitarian impulses.”
A Muslim activist in the UK is taking responsibility for having Tommy Robinson and others purged from social media over the past 24 hours. Evidence that censorious, self-appointed, Muslim "community activists" are pushing the West towards totalitarian impulses. Share… https://t.co/G1VcRxkF4h
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) February 26, 2019