Believe It or Not, Facebook Finally Banned Milo Yiannopoulos

"InfoWars" host Alex Jones also got the boot.

Facebook has joined platforms like Twitter and Patreon in standing up against gay alt-right darling Milo Yiannopoulos and his hateful, violent rhetoric.

According to CNN Business, the social media platform recently deleted accounts from Yiannopoulos and a slew of other ultra-conservative political pundits, including InfoWars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who was also banned from Twitter back in 2018. This week’s ban extends to Instagram, another popular platform also owned by Facebook.

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Yiannopoulos seen announcing his lawsuit against Simon & Schuster in 2017, after the publisher nixed his book deal amid yet another controversy.

In a statement provided to CNN, a Facebook spokesperson called Yiannopoulos, Jones, and other nixed users “dangerous” voices:

We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.

Meanwhile, in a text message to The Washington Post, Yiannopoulos compared Facebook’s decision to the society-wide censorship in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.

“Read Orwell,” Yiannopoulos texted reporters. “You’re next.”

If anything, Facebook’s decision has been long-awaited by LGBTQ advocates and racial justice activists who have denounced Yiannopoulos’ incredibly offensive commentary time and time again.

One reporter from The Daily Beast noted on Twitter that it “only took six months” for Instagram to boot Yiannopoulos after he told followers he was upset nobody had sent a pipe bomb to the outlet’s newsroom.

It appears karma is at work, too, because the infamous Australian-born loudmouth is reportedly in more than $2 million worth of debt. Yikes.

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