Trump attacks social media firms after Facebook bans extremist figures

Donald Trump has criticised social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring that he was “monitoring and watching, closely!!”

The US president, who tweeted and retweeted complaints on Friday and Saturday, said he would “monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms”.

He has previously claimed social media companies are biased against conservatives, something the companies have rejected as untrue.

His comments came after Facebook this week banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists, saying they violated its ban on “dangerous individuals”.

The company also removed right-wing personalities Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer, along with Mr Jones’s site, Infowars, which often posts conspiracy theories.

The latest bans apply to Facebook’s main service and to Instagram, and extend to fan pages and other related accounts.

Facebook’s move signalled new effort by the social media giant to remove people and groups promoting objectionable material such as hate, racism and anti-Semitism.

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