Tommy Robinson permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram

Tuesday 26th February 2019 | Jake

The far-right founder of the English Defence League (EDL) has had his accounts on Facebook and Instagram removed and a permanent ban imposed on him by the sites. Facebook, which owns Instagram, said the ban had been put in place because Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, repeatedly violated the sites’ rules on hate speech.

After issuing UKIP’s new plaything with a final warning, which Robinson chose to ignore, Facebook said they had to remove him after numerous posts in blatant violation of Facebook policy. These include, but are in no way limited to, a post claiming people who study the Qur’an should be beheaded, posts praising hate figures and a post appealing for people to “make war” on Muslims.

This ban, combined with an earlier ban from Twitter, leaves Youtube as the only major platform on which Robinson can spout his hatred. The news comes days after Robinson staged a protest outside the BBC’s Salford offices, after a Panorama show on the channel began investigating him.

While the Panorama documentary will undoubtedly interest many people, what we already know about the hatemonger should be enough to have him removed from mainstream media forever. Forgotten as a relic of a narrow-minded, nationalistic hooligan culture that should’ve been left in the ‘80s. Unfortunately, apparently it isn’t. Facebook’s ban will hopefully go some way to rectifying this. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy this clip of Akala debating with Tommy on BBC3.