Anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson has had his accounts permanently taken off of both Facebook and Instagram.
In a statement on their website, Facebook said: “Tommy Robinson’s Facebook Page has repeatedly broken these standards, posting material that uses dehumanizing language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims. He has also behaved in ways that violate our policies around organized hate.
“As a result, in accordance with our policies, we have removed Tommy Robinson’s official Facebook Page and Instagram profile. This is not a decision we take lightly, but individuals and organizations that attack others on the basis of who they are have no place on Facebook or Instagram.”
Muslim broadcaster Mohammed Shafiq has said: “I can reveal I recently had a meeting with Facebook to discuss Tommy Robinson pages and their impact in brainwashing his supporters to become terrorist and use violence against Muslims. A very good result and I am proud of my role.”
The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, responded by saying: “I welcome Facebook’s decision to remove Tommy Robinson pages under their ‘Organised Hate’ policy. But for far too long this violent thug’s hate-spewing, anti-Islamist tirades were given a platform by Facebook. Today’s decision comes far too late….”
Robinson had spoken at an anti-BBC rally at the weekend outside the Beeb’s offices in Salford, where a ‘Panodrama’ documentary was unveiled. It is still hosted on YouTube and currently has 155,000 views.
Among those in attendance was UKIP Leader Gerard Batten.
In Manchester for Tommy Robinson’s film ‘Panodrama’. Undercover footage shows how the BBC tried to set him up for their ‘Tommy Takedown’ programme. Instead they walked into a trap of their own making. Biased Broadcasting Corp shown up for what it now is. Scrap the license fee! pic.twitter.com/Goia0KhkYE
— Gerard Batten MEP (@GerardBattenMEP) February 23, 2019
BBC Panorama responded to the documentary with a statement.
The BBC has released the following statement on Panorama’s investigation into Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson. pic.twitter.com/ITcGO4h0Ot
— Panorama 🌐 (@BBCPanorama) February 25, 2019