Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, talk show host Alex Jones and Jewish activist Laura Loomer were among the people who had their pages removed, along with conservative blogger Milo Yiannopoulos. Several of the individuals removed on Thursday espoused far-right viewpoints, but Facebook said that was not intentional.
"We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology," the company said in a statement to various media outlets. "The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today."
Facebook and other social media companies have faced criticism for failing to aggressively combat abuse and hate speech on their platforms.
"In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we do not allow any organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence, from having a presence on Facebook. This includes organizations or individuals involved in the following: terrorist activity, organized hate, mass or serial murder, human trafficking and organized violence or criminal activity," the company's community standards policy reads.
Shares of Facebook were flat in after-hours trading after declining 0.3% to 192.53 during the day's trading session.
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