Richard Spencer, considered by some to be the father of the so-called alt-right (i.e. white supremacist) movement, was banned from Twitter in 2016, and now social media giant Facebook has banned the professional hater from their platform, too.
Facebook told BuzzFeed that two pages associated with Spencer’s National Policy Institute and website altright.com were removed because hate groups are not allowed on their site.
“We do not allow hate groups on Facebook, overall. So if there’s a group that their primary purpose, or a large part of what they do, is spreading hate, we will ban them from the platform overall.”
If you’re not familiar with Spencer, here’s an interview he gave to Al Jazeera in 2016:
Over the years, Spencer has also said:
- “Martin Luther King Jr., a fraud and degenerate in his life, has become the symbol and cynosure of White Dispossession and the deconstruction of European civilization. We shall overcome!”
- “The ideal of a white ethno-state — and it is an ideal — is something that I think we should think about in the sense of what could come after America. It’s kind of like a grand goal … It’s a way of thinking about [how] we want a new type of society that would actually be a homeland for all white people.”
- “Immigration is a kind of proxy war — and maybe a last stand — for White Americans who are undergoing a painful recognition that, unless dramatic action is taken, their grandchildren will live in a country that is alien and hostile.”
In 2016, Spencer was also banned from Twitter. His account was later reinstated, but the verification badge for his account was pulled in 2017.
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