Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence.
Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the profile pages of Christopher Cantwell have been removed as well as a page connected to his podcast.
Cantwell was featured in a widely viewed Vice News documentary released Monday, in which he denigrated black and Jewish people, embraced violent protest tactics, and declared the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer at the rally as “justified.”
“I’m carrying a pistol, I go to the gym all the time, I’m trying to make myself more capable of violence,” he told Vice correspondent Elle Reeves.
Cantwell even disputed Reeves’ suggested description of the movement as “nonviolent.”
“I’m not even saying we’re nonviolent,” he said. “I’m saying that f—— we did not aggress. We did not initiate force against anybody. We’re not nonviolent — we’ll f—— kill these people if we have to.”
Later in the documentary, Cantwell predicted that “a lot more people are going to die before we’re done here.”
Facebook has also removed at least eight pages connected to the white nationalist movement over what Budhraja says were violations on the company’s polices on hate speech and organisations.
Cantwell was listed on online fliers promoting the rally.
Cantwell didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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