Milo Yiannopoulos

Facebook and Instagram ban "dangerous" extremist personalities

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Facebook announced on Thursday it will ban a string of people from its platforms deemed "dangerous." The list includes Milo Yiannopoulos, Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones (and InfoWars), Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer and Paul Nehlen.

Why it matters, per Axios' Sara Fischer: Facebook has for years been hesitant to outright ban these actors, due mostly to the fact that they didn't explicitly violate Facebook's loose content rules. But real-world hate crimes are putting pressure on Facebook and other platforms to crack down on pages and accounts that have repeatedly shared false information or hate speech.

Australia bans Milo Yiannopoulos after Christchurch attacks comments

Australia s cancelled the visa of far-right commentator Milo Yianopoulos one week after approving it.
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Australia canceled the visa of controversial right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos Saturday, ahead of his planned tour there over comments he made concerning the Christchurch terrorist attacks.

Quote Mr Yiannopoulos' comments on social media regarding the Christchurch terror attack are appalling and foment hatred and division."

The details: Australia's Immigration Minister David Coleman had personally approved Yiannopoulos' visa last week, despite a Department of Home Affairs letter stating he should not be allowed into the country, citing concerns that he might not pass the character test that prevented WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning from entering the country, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.