Facebook bans far-right British group retweeted by Trump

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Facebook has banned from its platform the pages of the far-right British group Britain First and its two leaders, one of whom President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VA MORE retweeted last year.

Facebook said in a statement that content posted by the Britain First Facebook page and the pages of its party leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, have “repeatedly broken our Community Standards.”

Facebook said it recently gave the page’s administrators a written final warning, but they continued to post content “that violates our Community Standards.”

“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.”

Trump last year sparked controversy after he retweeted unverified videos that purported to show Muslims engaged in acts of violence, which were shared by Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First.

The White House last year said Trump did not know Fransen was a leader of the ultranationalist group when he shared her anti-Muslim videos on Twitter.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump at the time, saying he had “elevated” the conversation around terrorism.