Facebook condemned for hosting neo-Nazi network with UK links

A white supremacist network with more than 80,000 followers and links to the UK far right, including a student charged with terrorist offences, is being hosted by Facebook and Instagram, putting the world’s largest social media company under fresh pressure to tackle extremism.



a statue of a person in a military uniform: Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/Getty


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The network, which includes more than 40 neo-Nazi sites, offers merchandise including NaziSS symbols and stickers praising Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager under investigation for shooting dead two Black Lives Matter protesters in Wisconsin in August.

According to the London-based Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), sales of the products fund two neo-Nazi extremist movements operating from Ukraine: Azov Battalion and Misanthropic Division. A number of UK far-right activists are believed to have been recruited by Azov Battalion to fight in the conflict in Ukraine.



a statue of a man: Ukraine-based Azov Battalion has sought to export its extreme ideology to the west.


© Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/Getty
Ukraine-based Azov Battalion has sought to export its extreme ideology to

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