Facebook Announces Ban on ‘Dangerous’ People
Social media outlets banning people for hate speech or for inciting violence is nothing new. Many posts often get reported or flagged by Facebook for violating terms of agreement on the world-wide platform. I'm typically not a proponent for censoring anyone's opinion, but there are certainly some opinions that should not and would not be heard but for the endless supply of online services willing to publish just about any piece of garbage that is available.
Thursday, May 2nd, Facebook announced that some of its high-profile users, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, have been designated as "dangerous" and that the platform will be purging those accounts.
This is good news for other users of the social media giant and its auxiliary platform, Instagram. Healthy political discussion is one thing, but the hatred that is typically spewed from the mouths of those who are now on Facebook's newest list of banned users is too much to tolerate.
The ban includes Paul Nehlen, a former congressional candidate who enjoys spouting anti-Semite nonsense as often as he wishes, and other personalities such as Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos and Paul Joseph Watson.
A Facebook spokesperson told CNN that the company goes through a lengthy process and takes into consideration factors such as whether the person or organization has ever called for violence against individuals based on race, ethnicity, or national origin; along with other factors that would work to reduce or eliminate hate speech on the platform.