Tommy Robinson, the far-right founder of the English Defence League, has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram for repeatedly breaking the sites’ policies on hate speech, Facebook said.
The company said Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, broke rules that ban public calls for violence against people based on protected characteristics; rules that ban supporting or appearing with organised hate groups; and policies that prevent people from using the site to bully others.
The decision to ban Robinson from the social media site could threaten his ability to reach large audiences.
Robinson is already banned from Twitter and the decision to cut him off from Instagram and Facebook will leave him reliant on YouTube as the only major online platform to provide him with a presence.
“Protected characteristics” is so ingratiatingly British. Like all good entryways to tyranny, it is an ambiguous phrase teeming with many gradations of interpretation and political manipulation of the hypnotic sort.
Political manipulation of the hypnotic sort is the Left’s purview at this point in history; the fight has begun.