‘Day Of The Long Knives:’ Conservatives, Free Speech Advocates Condemn Latest Facebook Bans


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Facebook and Instagram de-platformed several notable “far right” figures and one left-wing anti-Semite on Thursday, which met opposition from several conservatives and free speech advocates on Twitter.

The platforms banished Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Paul Nehlen, Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson and anything connected to Jones’ website Infowars.

“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” Facebook told CNN Business via statement. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.” Facebook also labeled the individuals “dangerous.” (RELATED: WaPo And Atlantic Scramble After Labeling Farrakhan ‘Far Right’)

Several prominent conservatives and free speech advocates, however, disagreed with the concept of a social media company being allowed to regulate speech on its platforms.

Human Events editor-in-chief Raheem Kassam invoked some history as he called the purge “day of the long knives.”

Former California congressional candidate Omar Navarro asked, “What happened to tolerance?”

Scott Presler noted the irony of various antifa groups still up.

There were plenty more who echoed the message that, while everyone won’t always agree, everyone should have the right to be heard.

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