Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has been named amongst those who were recently banned from popular social media sites Facebook and Instagram. Other people named in the ban include Infowars Alex Jones.
Jones was banned from Facebook last year but was still present on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.
“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN Business. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
Farrakhan has long been labeled as anti-semitic by many major networks who see his views on Israel and Jewish people as inflammatory.
A Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business the company goes through a lengthy process and takes into consideration a number of factors before determining an individual to be “dangerous.”
The spokesperson added that Facebook will remove groups, pages and accounts created to represent the banned individuals when it knows the individual is participating in the effort.
Rapper Snoop Dogg took to Instagram ad called for people to post Louis Farrakhan videos on their page in protest of the ban.
The nation has actually bred a new generation of young people who are using social media in powerful ways. One of the most visible is hajib wearing rapper Neelam who is based in Los Angeles.
The young people of the Nation of Islam have also recently launched their own news network, Verified, which features daily news content produced at a studio space in L.A