Facebook, Instagram ban far-right Proud Boys and founder

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FILE - In this April 27, 2017 file photo, Gavin McInnes, center, founder of the far-right group Proud Boys, is surrounded by supporters after speaking at a rally in Berkeley, Calif. McInnes and his Proud Boys group have been banned from Facebook and Insta

FILE - In this April 27, 2017 file photo, Gavin McInnes, center, founder of the far-right group Proud Boys, is surrounded by supporters after speaking at a rally in Berkeley, Calif. McInnes and his Proud Boys group have been banned from Facebook and Insta (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez)

NEW YORK (AP) — The far-right Proud Boys and their founder, Gavin McInnes, have been banned from Facebook and Instagram because of policies against hate groups.

McInnes called the ban censorship in an email Wednesday. He said "the left" is "ramping up the hysteria with fake news" ahead of next week's elections.

The Southern Poverty Law Center uses the hate group label for the all-male Proud Boys. But the group identifies as "western chauvinists" and say they "refuse to apologize for creating the modern world."

Several people were arrested after Proud Boys members clashed with anti-fascist protesters in Manhattan on Oct. 12 following a speech by McInnes.

A spokeswoman for Facebook, which also owns Instagram, said in a statement that the company bans content from hate groups "when we become aware of it."

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