Annabel Murphy, The Sun, February 27, 2019
AMAZON has stopped selling Tommy Robinson’s book on Islam the day after he was banned from both Instagram and Facebook.
The far-right founder of the English Defence League co-authored the book ‘Mohammed’s Koran: Why Muslims Kill For Islam’, first published in 2017.
The book was available to buy on the site on February 25, 2018, but since Facebook’s decision to ban Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, Amazon has followed suit.
Robinson was booted from the social media sites for “repeatedly ” breaking their standards on “organised hate”.
Facebook confirmed Robinson had violated their standards on supporting or appearing to support organised hate groups on his page where he had amassed more than one million followers.
Searching for the book on Amazon leads to an unavailable listings page and it doesn’t show up on Robinson’s author page on the site either.
His book ‘Enemy of the State’, however, is still available.
Amazon states that products “that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views” are prohibited from sale.
Amazon also “reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of listings on its site, and remove any listing at any time.”
Facebook said yesterday Robinson’s page had “repeatedly broken these standards, posting material that uses dehumanising language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims”.
Robinson had been issued with a final warning last month, cautioning him that he faced being banned from the social media site if he continued to break their policies.
He was banned from Twitter in March 2018 and removed from PayPal in November.
His last remaining official profile on a mainstream social network is YouTube where he has nearly 300,000 subscribers.
The ban means that Robinson will be preemptively barred from setting up any other profiles.
‘THIS IS NOT A DECISION WE TAKE LIGHTLY’
In a statement, Facebook said: “One of the biggest questions we face is around what we allow on Facebook – and we spend a lot of time trying to get this right. This is hard and critically important. We want Facebook to be a place where you can express yourself freely and share openly with friends and family.
“At the same time, when people come to Facebook we always want them to feel welcome and safe.
“This is something we take incredibly seriously.
“So when ideas and opinions cross the line and amount to hate speech that may create an environment of intimidation and exclusion for certain groups in society – in some cases with potentially dangerous offline implications – we take action.
“Our public Community Standards state this sort of speech is not acceptable on Facebook – and when we become aware of it, we remove it as quickly as we can. Our rules also make clear that individuals and organisations that are engaged in ‘organised hate’ are not allowed on the platform, and that praise or support for these figures and groups is also banned.
“This is true regardless of the ideology they espouse.
“Tommy Robinson’s Facebook Page has repeatedly broken these standards, posting material that uses dehumanising language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims.
“He has also behaved in ways that violate our policies around organised hate. As a result, in accordance with our policies, we have removed Tommy Robinson’s official Facebook Page and Instagram profile.
“This is not a decision we take lightly, but individuals and organisations that attack others on the basis of who they are have no place on Facebook or Instagram.”
‘THIS IS AN ATTACK’
Robinson told the Press Association that the ban was in response to his documentary Panadrama – a film he made himself about the BBC after it was revealed he was being investigated by the long-running current affairs programme Panorama.
He said: “I’ve breached no laws of Facebook, everyone is going to know that I’ve breached no rules, what I’ve done is shown people the truth and that is what they are removing, the truth. People will still find me.
“People will be astonished by this censorship, especially witnessing it in response to my expose documentary.”
He added: “Now, the establishment, which has gone for the plan of completely removing me from the public sphere – people will fight against this censorship, people will not like this censorship.
“You’re not just censoring me, you’re censoring the public’s option of listening to what I have to say. This is a complete attack on free speech which is going on across the world.”
Ukip leader Gerard Batten, who hired Mr Robinson as an adviser in November 2018, said his page had been closed for “BS reasons” and urged his Twitter followers to join Ukip.
“Simultaneously articles appear in the Guardian & Independent. The left’s establishment are closing ranks & counter attacking,” he added.
Robinson was jailed for 13 months for contempt of court on May 25, 2018 — but the world only learnt about it several days later.
He was first arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace by streaming a video outside Leeds Crown Court.
Robinson admitted committing contempt of court by publishing information that could prejudice an ongoing trial.