Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who was featured in a Vice News documentary about the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja told the Associated Press on Wednesday that Christopher Cantwell’s profile pages have been removed. A page connected to a podcast that Cantwell runs has also been removed. Budhraja said the pages violated Facebook’s hate speech policies.
In the Vice News documentary released on Monday, Cantwell said that the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer was "justified." She was mowed down by a white supremacist’s car while participating in a counter protest. In the footage, Cantwell spews hatred towards Jews and African Americans.
"I'm not even saying we're nonviolent," the 36-year-old from Keene, New Hampshire 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."
Cantwell also said in the documentary that "a lot more people are going to die before we're done here."
This week, Cantwell posted a video of him crying after finding out that there was potentially a warrant out for his arrest. Let's just say he hasn't received very much sympathy from the Internet.
Cantwell claims Facebook shut down his accounts in an attempt to silence him. “I’m not surprised by almost any of this because the whole thing we are complaining about here is that we are trying to express our views, and everybody is going through extraordinary lengths to make sure we are not heard,” Cantwell told the AP in a phone interview from an undisclosed location.
Others who participated in the white supremacist rally that resulted in one death and the injury of dozens, lost their jobs.
[Image: Youtube/Vice News]