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Arron Banks responds to Facebook censorship of Leave.EU video

January 26th, 2017
Author: Economic Voice Staff

UPDATED: On Facebook's decision to censor Leave.EU material, our chairman Arron Banks said:

"We ran a video yesterday that received 250,000 views in a matter of hours before Facebook decided to remove it, the first time this has ever happened. You can view it here.

"Leave.EU has nearly 800,000 Facebook followers of all political persuasions, larger than any UK political party. We don’t always please our supporters and we have been happy to go after every political party or establishment body.

"We have had complaints from Victoria Beckham, NASA and a host of other luvvies after releasing hard-hitting material but we have never had a video banned.

"Social media was critical to the success of the Brexit campaign and allowed us to reach huge numbers of people with our message bypassing the "failing MSM” to quote President Trump.

"Our best performing video, “Brexit – The Animated Movie" was watched by over 13 million people with a reach of nearly 25% of the voting public. It is estimated that over 50% of the population has viewed our material on social media.

"Leave.EU has been controversial and not afraid to attack politicians of all colours.

"The Labour Party has selected a Remain candidate for the Stoke Central by-election and the national party continues to support unlimited immigration and Freedom of Movement.

"In a flagrant example of censorship, Facebook unilaterally pulled the video in question yesterday evening and informed our social media team its content contravened Facebook Community Standards.

"This is a social networking service that has hosted live streams broadcasting the torture of a mentally handicapped Trump supporter in Chicago and a migrant gang rape in Sweden.

"Was this video controversial? Perhaps. Emotive? Certainly, but it could hardly be regarded as hate speech and pales in comparison to other videos which have been hosted by Facebook without complaint.

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"Facebook prides itself on being a platform where its users can "raise awareness about important issues". I guess the Leader of the Opposition refusing to condemn terrorist atrocities which occurred on British soil isn't considered an important issue.

"Facebook has faced criticism recently for the way in which its biased censorship has influenced international events – we've now experienced that first hand.

"At a time when Facebook is pledging to tackle 'fake news', it is concerning it has chosen to censor a video with an unaltered interview of Jeremy Corbyn in his own words.

"This is a worrying development for freedom of speech and a clear case of political censorship."

On hearing the news that the video had been re-instated, Leave.EU chairman, Arron Banks said:

"Credit to Facebook for responding so quickly – they have decided to reinstate our video.

"Well done, Facebook!"

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