Several of Richard Spencer’s Facebook pages have been removed as of Friday last week. Facebook has not commented on the move to ban these pages but it’s believed the decision was policy related and, according to the BBC, the blocks are permanent.
Facebook terms and conditions state that it does not permit “hate speech” which it defines as including content that directly attacks people because of their race or ethnicity, but a quick search by VICE News turned up pages linked to groups classified as “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. In contacting Facebook and providing their sample of pages the social media company removed them as of 12:30pm last Friday. Facebook said in a statement that they filter out hate groups through human monitors, technology that identifies hate speech and via partnerships with organizations.
Heidi Birch, deputy director at SPLC, said her team had been providing information about these groups to Facebook but no action to remove the pages had been taken.