Minister Louis Farrakhan has been banned by Facebook and Instagram as a "dangerous individual." Facebook, which owns Instagram, made the announcement on Thursday. Farrakhan was banned along with conservative bloggers Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Paul Joseph Watson and others who are deemed "dangerous individuals and organizations."
Minister Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam which is considered a hate group. The Southern Poverty Law Center cited Farrakhan as "deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT."
Farrakhan's Facebook page was deleted and all of its content purged from the social media giant's servers, along with the social media pages of his religious organization.
Mr. Farrakhan, center, is pictured with rapper DMX and actress Taraji P. Henson in Chicago.
Facebook explained its decision in a statement:
"We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today."
Alex Jones was previously banned from Youtube and Twitter, which bans anyone they consider right-wing conspiracy theorists.
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