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Pressure rises on Tories to stamp out Islamophobia after Boris Johnson's Facebook page swamped with racist comments

PRESSURE piled on the Tories today to stamp out Islamophobia in their ranks after reams of Islamophobic abuse were uncovered on Boris Johnson’s official Facebook page.

A Sunday Times investigation found visitors to the former foreign secretary’s page called for a ban on Islam, deporting Muslims and unleashed “vile” attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Among the visitor posts on his Facebook page were calls for “no Muslims in government, police or army.”

Another reads: “That’s crazy to trust them. They are just waiting for the Jihad sign to turn on us. #islamophobicandproud.”

Mr Johnson is already facing an internal Conservative Party investigation for an article he wrote for the Daily Telegraph likening Muslim women wearing the full face veil to “bank robbers” and “letterboxes.”

A source close to the prominent posho said: “Mr Johnson totally condemns the hateful views posted by a small minority on these Facebook pages, brought to light by the Sunday Times.

“However it is ridiculous to attack Mr Johnson for comments made by individuals on social media when even the official website and Facebook page of the Times and Sunday Times host racist and Islamophobic messages from page visitors.”

His team had not “censored” comments on his Facebook page — including those attacking him — as he believed in free speech and wants people to be able to contact their elected representatives easily, Mr Johnson’s allies indicated.

They pointed out that Facebook was responsible for moderating Facebook pages, with a staff of 15,000 to investigate and remove offensive posts.

While Mr Johnson has yet to comment publicly on the furore over his Telegraph article, his supporters have made clear he did not accept his comments were Islamophobic and he would not be apologising.


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