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The former leader of the far-right group the English Defence League (EDL), Tommy Robinson, has been jailed for thirteen months for breaking contempt of court laws with a Facebook Live video that could prejudice an ongoing trial. His supporters have protested his imprisonment, and Donald Trump Jr. has leant his support to their cause.
The leader and deputy leader of Britain First have been jailed for the religiously aggravated harassment of Muslims, and the group’s Facebook pages have been banned for inciting hatred. Facebook’s actions follow calls from authorities for social media firms to do more to combat hate speech.
Campaign group Hope Not Hate has published a report detailing the evolving ideology of the British far-right to one defined by a hatred of Islam, which poses a significant threat to the social fabric of the UK. The UK’s senior terror officer gave a similar warning only a few days before.