The controversial speaker and writer Milo Yiannopoulos and others have been removed from Facebook and Instagram.
Milo Yiannopoulos has had his Facebook and Instagram pages removed from the social media giant.
The removal of his account coincided with the removal of other right-wing personalities including Alex Jones, Laura Loomer and Paul Joseph Watson.
Speaking about the banning of various personalities Facebook said that the banned accounts had violated its policies on “dangerous individuals and organizations”, according to The Independent. The platform also said it banned people from praising or supporting proscribed individuals.
Paul Joseph Watson tweeted that he had the “the best media lawyers in London looking over the Facebook issue. I am not an “extremist” or a “dangerous person” and won’t be defamed as one.”
I have the best media lawyers in London looking over the Facebook issue. I am not an "extremist" or a "dangerous person" and won't be defamed as one.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 3, 2019
In an article, Watson wrote, “Conservatives and anyone who challenges the leftist orthodoxy are being deplatformed” and asked his followers to support him.
Before his page went offline, Milo Yianouslous was able ask his followers to subscribe to his email mailout.
Facebook’s policy on Dangerous individuals and organisations
This is Facebook’s policy:
“In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we do not allow any organisations or individuals that are engaged in the following to have a presence on Facebook:
Mass or serial murder
Organised violence or criminal activity
We also remove content that expresses support or praise for groups, leaders or individuals involved in these activities.