Facebook has begun banning both individual accounts and pages as well as affiliated groups belonging to the far-right organization Proud Boys. The news was first reported today by Business Insider who noted that members of the Proud Boys and adjacent online communities had begun to complain about the takedowns on Twitter earlier this month in New York City, in In front of a Republican club in Manhattan, members of the Proud Boys attacked anti-fascist demonstrators, including Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice Media. Facebook acknowledged The Verge that Proud Boys members and affiliated groups and pages were banned from both their main social network and Instagram.
McInnes' personal page was still active at first, but later in the day, some high-profile groups, pages, and accounts disappeared. The McInnes site has since been removed. Both McInnes and Proud Boys' official Twitter accounts were banned in August in front of a second "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
in a statement. "We ban these organizations and individuals from our platforms and remove any praise and support when we hear about it. We will continue to review content, pages and people who violate our policies, use hate speech and hate organizations to protect our community. "The company cites violations of its hate speech rules and the organization of groups that hate spreading both online and offline as a reason for the bans and distances.
The Proud Boys was founded in 201
The group is also known for its often violent behavior against demonstrators of President Donald Trump and other members of the Right as well as for the public recognition of McInnes by such activity. The Southern Poverty Law Center views the Proud Boys as a hate group. After the attack in New York, McInnes told media organizations that he would force the attacks of those involved to go before the law enforcement agencies. A number of Proud Boys members were arrested and charged with the fight.
Update Oct. 31st, 12:40 pm ET: It has been noticed that Facebook has removed McInnes' site since it started mining yesterday.