After repeated violations of their policies against spreading targeted hate and calling for violence, far-right campaigner, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – who promotes himself as Tommy Robinson – has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram. This is how the news broke.
NEW: Facebook and Insta have officially banned far-right activist Tommy Robinson.
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) February 26, 2019
Breaking: Facebook has deleted Tommy Robinson’s private profile, public page and Instagram account, following Twitter in barring the far-right activist from its platform. He had more than a million followers on his main Facebook page until three minutes ago.
— alex hern (@alexhern) February 26, 2019
Tommy Robinson has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram, leaving YouTube as the only major platform which continues to host his material.
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) February 26, 2019
He wasn’t happy.
So, Tommy Robinson is crying about being banned from FaceBook & Instagram, after already being removed from Twitter? #DontLaugh
— DodgyHammer (@DodgyJammer1) February 26, 2019
People were pleased with the development, if not with how long it had taken.
This is the right decision, but far too slow. Tommy Robinson has been allowed to generate a huge following and revenue through spreading divisive, Islamophobic bile. We should regulate Facebook and others to make sure they act much faster to prevent it.https://t.co/fSQflieDry
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) February 26, 2019
About time Far Right thug Stephen Yaxley Lennon’s monetising of bullying was ended https://t.co/eVflHaTUoX
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) February 26, 2019
Anyone that calls for the expulsion of people based on their religion, colour or class is a stain on humankind. They have no place in public discourse. This is a good thing. A very, very good thing. https://t.co/4htWu6ldnw
— Shahmir (@shahmiruk) February 26, 2019
Many people couldn’t help indulging in a little light piss-taking – after getting out the tiny violins, of course.
📣 🏴 PATRIOTS! are you FUMIN’ about Tommy Robinson being banned from social networking? Join me in a BOYCOTT starting right now, we’re all deleting our accounts on social media and never using it again. defend free speech, delete your account, JOIN IN NOW 🏴 📣
— Dan Hett (@danhett) February 26, 2019
Can’t believe Tommy Robinson has had his Facebook account banned on the very day he definitely would gone absolutely mental at the white child sex offenders in the Catholic Church.
— Jim Cognito (@JimCognito2016) February 26, 2019
Just found out Tommy Robinson has been banned from Facebook.
How the fuck is he gonna find out if it’s snowing, if Brenda is #feelingblessed or what type of pasta he would be?
— joe heenan (@joeheenan) February 26, 2019
Can’t believe Facebook has banned Tommy Robinson. Now I’ll have to look at the profiles of family members and old school friends for my daily fix of racism.
— . (@twlldun) February 26, 2019
Idea for British Green Book. Tommy Robinson drives Shamima Begum around deep Luton. Realises curry is nice. pic.twitter.com/rahdsxTlA4
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) February 26, 2019
That this pint sized, semi literate, comical, twattish, criminal imbecile ever became a public figure should be a matter of mirth not fear. Tommy Robinson is a fool, a grifter and a product of a politics that insists we listen to angry little racist twats.
— Otto English (@Otto_English) February 26, 2019
On this terribly sad day for Tommy Robinson, I am reminded of the time time he shat the bed because he didn’t have a TV in his prison cell
— •lina• (@agirlcalledlina) February 26, 2019
‘Tommy Robinson’ banned from Facebook and Instagram you say? pic.twitter.com/8aT4uTQl3v
— Simon Pegg (@Simon_Pegg) February 26, 2019
Someone named @I_am_Lukem made a really good point.
“I’ve been trying to think of something funny to say about Tommy Robinson being banned from Facebook and Instagram. But I can’t think of anything funnier than the fact that it’s happened.”