British conspiracy author David Icke has been permanently banned from Facebook as the social media giant begins its purge of alternative media websites. 

Icke’s Facebook page, which had over 700,000 fans, was taken offline on Saturday after the social network complained he had violated “one or more of the Facebook Pages Terms and Conditions”.

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We’re unable to see which of these we’re meant to have violated, as the screenshot here shows we have appealed the decision at 7.54am today and we will keep you updated with the progress,” Mr Icke posted on his website.

The removal of his Facebook page comes one year after Google and Facebook announced plans to “crack down” on alternative news websites in an effort to prop up failing mainstream news outlets.

Under the guise of protecting the public against “fake news”, the internet giants will soon stop non-verified mainstream news outlets from monetizing their content by banning advertisements from appearing on them.

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