Instagram reactivates Tommy Robinson’s account after removing it ‘in error

METRO UK:

Instagram has reactivated Tommy Robinson’s account after it had been removed ‘in error,’ the company said. Earlier the far-right activist became the latest in a string of names to have had their social media accounts closed.

But the ban didn’t last long and just 18 hours later Instagram said they reactivated his account after admitting it had been removed in error.

A company spokesman told Metro.co.uk: ‘The account @realtommyrobinson was removed in error and has since been reactivated.’ Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, followed shock-jock Alex Jones from Infowars and controversial Milo Yiannopoulos in the list of far-right populists to be banned from social media.

Robinson, 35, was already banned from Twitter in March this year, supposedly for breaching its ‘hateful conduct’ policy. However his Facebook and YouTube pages remain active. He is facing further court appearances for contempt of court after he broadcast details of a live trial on Facebook against reporting restrictions imposed by a judge at Leeds Crown Court.

He was initially jailed for 13 months for contempt and breaching a previous suspended prison sentence. However, he walked free last week after a hearing at the Court of Appeal and will face a fresh hearing. Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have come under pressure to address the amount of far-right rhetoric on their websites.

Twitter owner Jack Dorsey has been frequently criticised for apparently legitimising fascism by certifying far right accounts with ‘blue ticks’, a form of recognition on the website. Instagram have since got in touch to say that the account was removed in error. An Instagram spokesperson said: ‘The account @realtommyrobinson was removed in error and has since been reactivated.’

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