Facebook is pushing alt-right figurehead

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Facebook has been banned by the American white nationalist who popularized the term “alternative”.

Richard Spencer page in the social network was eliminated Friday along with two other pages that controls the following: the National Policy Institute think tank, and one to the promotion of its AltRight.com news analysis web site.

Facebook has not commented, but the BBC understands the blocks are permanent.

Mr. Spencer continues to have active accounts on Twitter and YouTube.

Facebook’s action is the result of its decision to expel the anti-Islamic group of Britain First and their leaders of the last month.

The technology giant’s terms and conditions state that does not allow “hate speech”, which is defined as the inclusion of content that directly attacks people based on their race or ethnicity.

Last week, Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, told Congress that the “question of what is hate speech in front of what is legitimate political discourse” was a topic that he and his team of “struggle continually with the”.The raised arms

Mr. Spencer has refused to be a “white supremacy”, but has spoken in favor of the creation of a country of North America restricted to the whites. He has also said that he was proud of the slavery, and has described Islam as a “black flag”.

The 39-years of age, has been active in the extreme right-wing politics for about a decade and claims to have created the phrase “alternative” for a magazine title. The author of the article that has said that, in fact, “co-create” the term.

However, he rose to fame in the year 2016, when he was filmed celebrating with the President of the Triumph of the victory in the elections with the cry of: “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory,” to an audience, some of whom responded with Nazi-like salutes.

Mr. Spencer was also filmed making a similar gesture at a karaoke bar in the same year.

Then played a prominent role in the 2017 the Charlottesville protests, which opposed the removal of a statue of the leader of the Confederacy Robert E Lee.

Subsequent interventions at the University of Florida and Michigan State University campus sparked the protests of their own.

Facebook’s decision to act now, does not seem to have been triggered by a new event related to the Lord Spencer.

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Rather, Vice News has suggested that the measure was a response to a question that had been presented about why Facebook had not already taken such action.

The news site reported that other page that belong to the extreme right-wing Nationalist Initiative had also been blocked.

Twitter briefly suspended the Lord Spencer in 2016, but said that it had done so only because he had run several accounts.