The social media platform also banned Paul Nehlen, an antisemite who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2016 and 2018.
BY MENACHEM SHLOMO MAY 2, 2019 23:35
Facebook has banned notorious antisemite Louis Farrakhan on Thursday after deeming his rhetoric «dangerous,» according to CNN.
The Nation of Islam leader has made numerous blatantly antisemitic comments in speeches throughout the years, including referring to the Jews as «termites,» saying that «the Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out,» and that «the powerful Jews are my enemy.”
The social media platform also banned Paul Nehlen, an antisemite who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2016 and 2018. Nehlen has posted many antisemitic comments over the years, including posting pictures of executives from numerous news agencies with Stars of David photoshopped on their faces.
Also banned was Infowars head and far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and many other far-right conspiracy theorists and activists, including Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos and Paul Joseph Watson.
«We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,» a Facebook spokesperson told CNN. «The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.»
Numerous prominent members of the Women’s March have taken heat for their support of Farrakhan, particularly Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour. Mallory has referred to Farrakhan as «the GOAT,» meaning the «greatest of all time,» and refused to condemn his rhetoric when challenged while on The View.
Farrakhan has yet to be banned by Twitter for his antisemitic comments, but lost his verified status last year after posting a speech in which he called Jews «satanic.»