Social media giant Facebook announced on Wednesday that it has banned from its platform the pages of far-right British group Britain First and its two leaders for posting content “that violates our Community Standards.”
In a statement released Wednesday, Facebook said that content posted by the Britain First Facebook page and the pages of its party leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen –whom President Trump retweeted last year– have “repeatedly broken our Community Standards.”
Facebook also said it recently gave the page’s administrators a written final warning, but they continued to post incendiary content.
“As a result, in accordance with our policies, we have now removed the official Britain First Facebook Page and the Pages of the two leaders with immediate effect,” the statement said.
“We do not do this lightly, but they have repeatedly posted content designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups, which disqualifies the Pages from our service.”
President Trump sparked controversy last year after he retweeted unverified videos that purported to show Muslims engaging in acts of violence, which were shared by Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First.
The tweets sparked swift backlash from lawmakers in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, including British Prime Minister Theresa May.
“This causes anxiety to law-abiding people. British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudice rhetoric of the far-right, which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents; decency, tolerance and respect. It is wrong for the president to have done this,” May said of the tweets.
The White House defended Trump, saying he did not know Fransen was a leader of the ultranationalist group when he shared her anti-Muslim videos on Twitter.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflected any blame by claiming that Trump had “elevated” the conversation around terrorism.
Twitter suspended Fransen in December, along with other accounts connected to Britain First.
Earlier this year, Fransen was found guilty on three counts of religiously aggravated harassment.
You can read Facebook’s statement here.