Facebook bans Faith Goldy in latest crackdown on extremist content

Faith Goldy speaks outside Wilfrid Laurier University

Faith Goldy speaks outside Wilfrid Laurier University

According to Facebook, Goldy's ban is a result of spreading hate and urging attacks on or exclusion of other's based on their identity. "That's why we have a policy on risky individuals and organizations, which states that we do not allow those who are engaged in offline "organized hate" to have a presence on our services", the company said in a statement Monday.

The 29-year-old's failed bid for the mayoralty of Toronto last year saw Goldy blasted with any number of labels by Canadian media: "Alt-right", "far right", "female Donald Trump", "white nationalist", "white supremacist", "fascist", "Nazi fellow traveler", "neo-Nazi", and the classic "Nazi".

Facebook said it has banned former Rebel media personality Faith Goldy as part of a move to crack down on white nationalism and organized hate on its platform. These bans come after Facebook rolled out a policy explicitly outlawing white nationalism on its platform.

"BANNED FROM @FACEBOOK iamp; @INSTAGRAM". Facebook says it will remove affiliate representation for these entities, including linked pages and groups.

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Facebook users searching for terms associated with white supremacy are being directed to Life After Hate, an organisation set up by former violent extremists, which provides crisis intervention, education, support groups and outreach.

Once Facebook determines that a group or individual is involved in organized hate though, they're not allowed on the platform despite what content they post. "They forget most revolutions were waged before social media!" tweeted Goldy who ran for mayor of Toronto previous year. The ban also targeted a smattering of Сanadian far-right groups like the Aryan Strikeforce, Soldiers of Odin, and Canadian Infidels. The Huffington Post showed Facebook the video but a company spokesperson told the publication it didn't violate policies, including the new rules against white nationalist content.

Goldy responded on Twitter by directing followers to her website, writing: "Our enemies are weak & terrified".

Originally published April 8 at 12:06 p.m. PT Update, 1:01 p.m. PT: Includes comment and background from Facebook.

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