Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Faith Goldy, Five Others, Banned from Facebook and Instagram over Hate

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Faith Goldy, Five Others, Banned from Facebook and Instagram over Hate

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Facebook bans Goldy, five others for hate

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OTTAWA - Six Canadian people and groups involved in "organized hate" have been banned from having any further presence on Facebook and Instagram.

Those banned include one-time Toronto mayoral candidate and far-right political commentator Faith Goldy.

Also banned are the Canadian Nationalist Front and its chairman Kevin Goudreau, Aryan Strikeforce, Wolves of Odin and Soldiers of Odin (also known as Canadian Infidels).

Facebook is imposing the ban after concluding the six spread hate and urge attacks on or exclusion of others based on their identity, in contravention of the social-media giant's policy on dangerous organizations and individuals.

Such individuals and organizations "have no place (on) our services," a Facebook spokesperson said Monday.

"Our work against organized hate is ongoing and we will continue to review individuals, pages, groups and content against our community standards."

Goldy provided sympathetic coverage for Rebel Media of the 2017 white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.; Rebel Media subsequently "said goodbye" to her for taking part in a podcast on a neo-Nazi group's website. She ran a distant third in Toronto's mayoral race last year.

She responded to the ban on another social-media platform, Twitter: "Our enemies are weak & terrified," she wrote. "They forget most revolutions were waged before social media!"

In February, Goldy was among those who spoke to a convoy of truckers and others on Parliament Hill. They were protesting federal policies on pipelines, carbon taxation and immigration; their ranks included some so-called Yellow Vesters espousing anti-immigration and white-nationalist messages and accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of treason. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier also addressed the protesters. …

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