In an act of outrageous political censorship, Facebook and Instagram announced today that they have permanently banned Tommy Robinson from their platforms.
It’s an act of foreign political meddling in the UK, too: Tommy had over one million followers, and his Facebook page was the third most popular political page in the country, after Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. Facebook simply deleted it.
They didn’t even have the courtesy to tell Tommy directly — Facebook leaked the news to the left-wing Guardian newspaper, which rejoiced that one of their “enemies” had been silenced. So much for freedom of the press. Every British civil liberties group has been silent on the matter, too.
The Facebook ban comes just three days after Tommy’s successful release of his film, “Panodrama”, where he meticulously documented systemic bias and corruption at the BBC’s flagship investigative show, Panorama. Thousands of people turned up for that premiere, played on a massive TV screen outside the BBC headquarters in Manchester.
Facebook issued a short news release, where they stated that one of the reasons they banned Tommy was that “he has also behaved in ways that violate our policies around organized hate.”
In fact, Tommy has never been charged, let alone convicted, of promoting hatred or inciting violence; that’s a lie. But what’s so terrifying here is that Facebook is saying that what its users do in “real life” — as in, not on your computer, not on Facebook, but in their homes and on city streets — will be judged by Facebook. Facebook will put your actual life on trial — a secret trial to which you won’t be invited. And you’ll learn of the verdict against you when you read it in the Guardian.
This is terrifying stuff — it’s straight out of Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four.
This morning I spoke with Tommy to talk about his next steps, and to offer him any assistance we can. Tommy told me he’s going to think carefully on the subject. Whatever he chooses to do — whether it’s taking legal action, helping him with a new website, or even inviting him to do more things on our Rebel website. I’ll keep you posted on what he asks us to do.
In the meantime, let me invite you to watch the many videos we filmed at Tommy’s great event in Manchester. I really think the striking success of that day was what sparked Facebook and Instagram to silence Tommy. I just don’t think it’s a coincidence.
Click here to watch my interview with Tommy from Saturday, where I asked him what he was going to do next. You can also see videos by Avi Yemini, the musical performance by my fellow Canadian Kelly Day, as well as my interviews with people from the crowd!
If you like those videos, please help us cover the costs of making them by visiting RealReporters.uk. As you know, we always have to fly in foreign journalists to cover Tommy fairly, because the UK media hate him so much. If you like these vids, please click here to help.
P.S. I’ve been lucky enough to have a front-row seat as Tommy Robinson has become a leading voice in important discussions that the mainstream media wants to censor. I’ll keep you posted on what Tommy asks me to do to help him, and if there’s anything you can do to help, I’ll let you know too.
P.P.S. To watch all of our videos from the Manchester rally (and to help cover the costs of bringing in reporters) please go to RealReporters.uk Thanks.