French comedian Dieudonne banned from Facebook for using 'dehumanising terms against Jews'

4th August 2020

Antisemitism is defined as the belief or behavior hostile towards Jews because they are Jewish.

This behavior can take the form of religious teachings that proclaim the inferiority of Jews, political efforts to isolate, oppress, or otherwise injure them or prejudiced or stereotyped views about Jews.

The last instance is what landed French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, a convicted anti-Semite, on the banned side of Facebook and Instagram for content the companies said mocked Holocaust victims.

The company said that Dieudonne's posts used "dehumanising terms against Jews."

A statement from the company reads: "In line with our policy on dangerous individuals and organizations, we have permanently banned Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala from Facebook and Instagram.'

"Banning a person permanently from our services is a decision that we always weigh carefully, but individuals and organisations that attack others on the basis of what they are do not have a place on Facebook or Instagram."

Dieudonne also had his YouTube channel deactivated by parent company Google for similar reasons in June.

The International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism celebrated the ban, saying that the comedian's posts had "done considerable and irreparable damage among young people."

The comedian has racked up a reputation amongst authorities, notably multiple convictions in France and Belgium for bluntly racist comments, a 9 000 euro (R183 181) fine for a video deemed anti-Jewish by authorities, a two-month suspended jail term for unsympathetic comments on the 2015 attack in the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a two-year jail sentence and fine for tax fraud and money-laundering.

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