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‘Fascism’: UK Right-Wing Activist Robinson on Instagram Shutting His Account
Instagram responded to the case, saying users reported Robinson’s account for violating community guidelines for bullying. The network, however, recognized that deleting the page was a mistake made during the review process.
However, the activist pointed to a different reason for the removal of his Instagram account.
“If you think Tommy’s removal from social media platforms has nothing to do with the government think again. Here they are putting pressure on YouTube with zero evidence of their accusations against him,” he posted on his Facebook page.
Earlier this year, the former leader of the right-wing English Defense League and anti-Islamist activist was sentenced to 13 months in prison for filming inside Canterbury Crown Court during the trial of four suspected rapists. He has been set free on bail after successfully appealing against contempt of court charges.
Once Robinson’s Instagram account was reinstated, the activist’s followers discussed the development in the comments section.
“Welcome back Tommy:) an error lol x you tell people how it is! And it shows they don’t like it carry on doing what your doing I love watching you xx,” a user wrote under Robinson’s fresh post.
“Error? Do they believe we’re stupid? What’s the reason behind? Who is behind this?” another commentator said.
Another user, however, was not pleased to see Mr. Robinson back on the platform — “a pity they let you back in!”
On his Facebook page, Mr. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, called his treatment by the social media executives “fascism.”
Robinson’s account removal took place on the same day other social media giants — Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify — banned pages belonging to Alex Jones, a US-based right-wing “shock jock” who espouses conspiracy theories via his Infowars media brand.
A notorious hardline, pro-Israel conservative think tank has claimed that it is helping fund the legal expenses of jailed far-right British activist Tommy Robinson.
In a statement published Sunday, the Middle East Forum (MEF) also took credit for funding protests that have taken place in support of Robinson, real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon.
Robinson was jailed for 13 months in May, “after being given 10 months for contempt of court, which he admitted, and a further three months for breaching a previous suspended sentence”.
MEF said it is “helping Robinson in his moment of danger”, in “three main ways”: using “monies to fund his legal defence”; “bringing foreign pressure on the UK government to ensure Mr. Robinson’s safety and eventual release”; and “organising and funding” the 9 June rally in London.
According to MEF, the organisation is also “sponsoring and organiaing the second ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ gathering in London on July 14”.
The statement was signed by MEF Director Gregg Roman, who has previously “worked in Israel’s Defence and Foreign Ministries”. MEF President Daniel Pipes, meanwhile, has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Centre as an “anti-Muslim activist”.
MEF has previously funded far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ legal defence, in 2010 and 2011, “against Dutch charges of inciting racial hatred”.