Facebook is banning far-right militia The Proud Boys after a violent attack in New York

Business Insider | 5/25/2017 | Rob Price
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Facebook is banning accounts and groups associated with The Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group linked to political violence in the US.

Earlier in October, five members of the Proud Boys were arrested after a violent incident with protesters in New York City.

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Groups with tens of thousands of members have been removed, and supporters of The Proud Boys are complaining on Twitter.

A Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider that the organisation violates its rules against hate groups.

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Facebook is banning accounts and pages associated with the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group whose members assaulted protesters in New York City earlier in October.

On Tuesday, Twitter users began reporting that Facebook was taking down groups and accounts (both public-facing and personal) linked to members of the organisation, which has been involved in instances of political violence in the US.

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A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that the company is banning The Proud Boys and founder Gavin McInnes from both Facebook and Instagram, pointing to Facebook's rules against hate groups.

The takedowns come after members of the Proud Boys allegedly attacked protesters following an event in New York on October 12. Members of the group reportedly shouted homophobic slurs as they beat and kicked protesters, and at least five Proud Boys have since been arrested.

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The move by Facebook will deprive the extremist organisation of its primary channel for recruitment and publicity — but it only comes months after other tech firms took action against the group.

Proud Boys was founded by Gavin McInnes, also known as a cofounder of the media organization Vice, and describes its members as "Western Chauvinists." The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an extremism watchdog organisation, designates it as a hate...
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