Facebook announced today that it will ban Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan from its app as well as Instagram.
The social media company cited the Minister's previous anti-Semitic language as the primary reason for his expulsion. Infowars host Alex Jones and right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos were also among those banned on Thursday. As to why the accounts were barred, Facebook says it will ban anyone promoting hate or violence.
"We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology," a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business in a statement. "The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today."
Some people are questioning why Facebook decided to announce the bans all at once. Many believe it was to create a wide array of positive headlines. Others believe the Farrakhan banning was slipped in to show balance.
What’s hilarious is Facebook threw in Farrakhan to try to appear unbiased and the media STILL got it wrong. https://t.co/ElUCjh1qqE— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) May 2, 2019
In general, many were outraged including Snoop Dogg who encouraged his followers to post videos of the Minister’s pro-Black messages.
To be anti #Farrakhan is to be anti black!— Samida F. Muhammad (@Samida1993) May 2, 2019
ICYMI: Facebook has banned NOI leader @LouisFarrakhan from its platform. Many prominent Blacks including @SnoopDogg went online to condemn FB. Farrakhan is credited for building businesses and getting countless Black men of drugs. The hashtag #weareFarrakhan is trending. pic.twitter.com/aMgeokgxGn— The Objective News Agency (@theobjectiveNS) May 2, 2019
Now do Trump. https://t.co/VvgP4RlGlz— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) May 2, 2019
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