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Bye the Book Facebook deletes profile of Irish far-right activist Rowan Croft

Dublin man Rowan Croft, a former British soldier, is known online as Grand Torino

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Rowan Croft, who goes by the alias Grand Torino

Rowan Croft, who goes by the alias Grand Torino

Rowan Croft, who goes by the alias Grand Torino

Facebook has removed the profile of an Irish far-right provocateur, The Beacon has reported.

The social network shut down a page run by Dublin man Rowan Croft, who is known online as Grand Torino.

Croft, a builder and former British soldier, has become a leading figure in far-right cyberspaces in recent years due to his anti-immigrant and anti-Covid views.

He confirmed the news that his social media page had been removed during a livestream on his personal profile.

Speaking on the livestream in front of a green screen background of a spacious living room with a grand piano, he explained that both his Facebook page and its associated Instagram account had been shut down.

He said: “As you know, we’ve been unpublished from Facebook. Some 15,000-16,000 followers on Facebook just unpublished.

“I believe the Instagram is suspended so if that does come back, we’ll just be using it to platform.

At one point in the video, Croft mentioned so-called “adverse reactions” to the Covid-19 vaccination, such as death from blood clots not proven to be related to the jab, and claimed that it’s evidence that “the war is beginning.”

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the platform deleted Croft’s page for “violating” their policies.

They went on to say they “don’t tolerate, hate speech or threats of violence against people on Facebook or Instagram” and they “remove this content as soon as [they] become aware of it and take down Pages and Accounts that repeatedly violate these policies.”

Facebook’s spokesperson added that they are “removing more and more harmful content before anyone sees it and reports it to us.”

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