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Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen. Photo: Andrew Aitchison / In pictures via Getty Images

Facebook announced that it has removed the pages of the far-right ultranationalist group Britain First and its leaders, Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding, after they repeatedly violated the company's policies against hate speech. The group was thrust into the international spotlight in November, when President Trump retweeted anti-Islam hate videos from Fransen's Twitter account.

Why it matters: As Big Tech faces increasingly tough scrutiny for its role in spreading fake and damaging information, platforms have begun cracking down on questionable or offensive groups. YouTube announced today that it would act against outlets like InfoWars, which promote conspiracy theories. And Facebook came under fire this week from the U.N. for playing a role in the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar by fueling the spread of hateful content.

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The Palestinian Authority on Saturday announced fresh coronavirus restrictions, including a partial lockdown, for the occupied West Bank as COVID-19 cases surge.

The big picture: The new measures come as Israel, which leads the world in vaccinations, faces increased pressure to ensure Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have equal access to vaccines.

Myanmar military fires UN ambassador after anti-coup speech

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Myanmar's military regime on Saturday fired the country's Ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, a day after he gave a pro-democracy speech asking UN member nations to publicly condemn the Feb. 1 coup, The New York Times reports.

Details: State television said the ambassador had "betrayed the country and spoken for an unofficial organization which doesn’t represent the country and had abused the power and responsibilities of an ambassador."