Facebook bans white nationalist’s accounts over hate speech

FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook told The Associated Press on Aug. 16, 2017, it has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of one of a white nationalist who attended a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence.

Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja tells The Associated Press that the profile pages of Christopher Cantwell have been removed as well as a page connected to his podcast. Cantwell was featured in a Vice News documentary about the rally and its aftermath.

Facebook has also removed at least eight pages connected to the white nationalist movement over what Budhraja says were violations on the company’s polices on hate speech and organizations.

Cantwell, of Keene, New Hampshire, was listed on rally flyers and labeled an extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Cantwell says Facebook shut down his account in an attempt to silence him for his views.