Face­book per­ma­nently bans French co­me­dian for anti-Semitism

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE -

PARIS, Aug 3, 2020 (AFP) — Face­book said Mon­day it had per­ma­nently banned French co­me­dian Dieudonne, a con­victed anti-Semite, from its plat­form and from In­sta­gram for con­tent it said mocked Holo­caust vic­tims.

It also said some of his posts used “de­hu­man­is­ing terms against Jews.”

“In line with our pol­icy on dan­ger­ous in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions, we have per­ma­nently banned Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala from Face­book and In­sta­gram,” the com­pany said in a state­ment, us­ing his full name.

“Ban­ning a per­son per­ma­nently from our ser­vices is a de­ci­sion that we al­ways weigh care­fully, but in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions that at­tack oth­ers on the ba­sis of what they are do not have a place on Face­book or

In­sta­gram,” it added.

The co­me­dian, who goes by his first name Dieudonne, had his YouTube chan­nel cut off for sim­i­lar rea­sons in June by mother com­pany Google. He had about 1.3 mil­lion fol­low­ers on Face­book, and some 400,000 on YouTube.

The In­ter­na­tional League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism wel­comed the ban as a “great vic­tory,” say­ing Dieudonne’s posts “have done con­sid­er­able and ir­repara­ble dam­age among young peo­ple.”

The co­me­dian has been con­victed mul­ti­ple times, in France and in Bel­gium, for com­ments op­po­nents say are bluntly racist while a loyal fol­low­ing cham­pion his right to free speech.

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