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Facebook removes ads promoting Britain First petition to halt Maidstone Mosque

Social media giant Facebook has removed three adverts promoting a Britain First petition to ban renovations to a mosque.

The party, led by former Swanley British National Party councillor Paul Golding, has set up a petition to try and stop Maidstone Mosque being redeveloped.

Britain First's Facebook page was removed from Facebook last March, along with the Mr Golding's and deputy leader Jayda Fransen's pages, for violating Facebook's community standards.

Computer-generated images of the new Maidstone Mosque
Computer-generated images of the new Maidstone Mosque

Over Christmas adverts appeared on a separate page, Political Gamers UK, promoting Britain First's petition against work at a mosque in Mote Road.

The mosque's former building has been levelled to make way for a three-storey building.

The renovations are being made to help boost the mosque's role as a cultural hub and a place of worship.

All three adverts originated from Political Gamers UK, which claims to have no direct links with Britain First.

Computer-generated images of the new Maidstone Mosque
Computer-generated images of the new Maidstone Mosque
Maidstone mosque has been demolished
Maidstone mosque has been demolished

Political Gamers UK, which has also had its Facebook page taken down, claims it was covering the actions of Britain First "like any other mainstream media".

Its YouTube channel has a video posted calling Jayda Fransen "brave" for confronting radical Muslim preacher Anjem Choudhary, as well as a "best of" compilation of Paul Golding.

Britain First says it intends to sue the social media giant for political discrimination.

In a statement, Britain First called the move "political gerrymandering and censorship at its worst".


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