Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Facebook permanently banned Infowars founder Alex Jones, far-right provocateurs Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer as well as other prominent far-right figures from its platform on Thursday. The bans follow a previous announcement that the company wasn't going to allow white nationalism and separatism on its platform anymore.
Other far-right figures affected by the ban include Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson and white nationalist Paul Nehlen. Also banned from Facebook going forward is Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, who has been criticized for his frequent antisemitic remarks.
“We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson told Variety. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
The company told reporters that it was banning official accounts maintained by these users, and that it would also take down any supporter accounts set up in their likeness. It will also remove any events that these individuals will be participating in.
Facebook reserved the toughest measures for Jones and his Infowars empire, which frequently spread conspiracy theories on divisive topics, including school … — Janko Roettgers/@Variety