Now, Britain First's Facebook page, which had two million followers globally, has been closed. Both the group and individual members are also barred from creating new Facebook pages. Their sick intentions to incite hatred within our society via social media are reprehensible, and Facebook's decision to remove their content is welcome.
But it warned that "there are times though when legitimate political speech crosses the line and becomes hate speech".
Late past year, Twitter suspended the accounts of Britain First and its leaders as part of a crackdown on hate and abuse - and in the process deleted Trump's retweets of the videos Fransen had tweeted. When this went viral, Twitter suspended the Britain First account, and two months later, President offered a questionable apology for his actions. Because they don't understand that Facebook is a private company capable of setting its own rules about what is and isn't acceptable.
Facebook also confirmed that the group will not be allowed to set up another page in the future. The official, serious one is now gone, and it won't be coming back.
The party - which is not a legitimate United Kingdom political front after the Electoral Commission dropped it previous year - is so extreme, in fact, that Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen were recently charged with religious harassment and jailed, according to Gizmodo. Facebook acknowledged it faces a balancing act in deleting politically charged posts, saying in a blog about its decision: "Some political opinions might be controversial, but it is important that different views can be shared and we are very careful not to remove posts or Pages just because some people don't like them". Mair's connection to Britain First has never been proved, but his rhetoric echoed their message online. The social network said the violating content included an image of the group's leaders with the caption "Islamophobic and Proud".
Facebook said that all three pages in question repeatedly violated its community standards, even after the administrators received final written warnings. In November 2017, Britain First was deregistered as a political party by the Electoral Commission, the U.K.'s election watchdog.