Sadiq Khan responds to Britain First being banned from Facebook

"I urge others to follow suit"

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has responded to the news that far-right group Britain First have been banned by Facebook.

The group and its leaders were removed from the social network earlier today, with Facebook’s statement claiming they repeatedly violated its community standards, after numerous posts were found to incite hatred against Muslims.

They will not be permitted to set up new pages.

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan has now issued a statement. “Britain First is a vile and hate-fuelled group,” he said in a message posted to social media (below).

Khan continued: “Their sick intentions to incite hatred within our society via social media are reprehensible, and Facebook’s decision to remove their content is welcome.” He then called upon more social networks to “wield the power they’ve amassed responsibly.

Read Sadiq Khan’s statement in full below.

Last year, the so-called ‘Twitter purge’ saw multiple far-right political figures get banned from using the social channel, including Britain First leader Paul Golding and deputy leader Jayda Fransen.

In the US, the white nationalist Jared Taylor and the American Nazi Party were suspended, among others.

The move comes as part of a policy change taking into account behaviour “on and off the site”, namely affiliation with violent organisations, when considering suspension.

The platform will also be banning content that “glorifies violence or the perpetrators of a violent act.”

Twitter wrote in a blogpost: “We will require offending Tweets to be removed and repeated violations will result in permanent suspension.”