Facebook on Sunday removed the prominent health and conspiracy site Natural News from its platform and banned its incendiary founder from posting content.
Though Facebook did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment on the suspension, Facebook’s move comes just a day after The Daily Beast published a report into the wild, far-right conspiracy theories that have become staples on Natural News.
The Beast’s article noted that Natural News began as an alternative health site that railed against evidence-based medicine and touted organic foods, unproven “natural” remedies, and pseudoscience such as homeopathy—all while hawking supplements. Over the years, it has morphed into a conspiracy-laden smorgasbord of far-right theories. Now, between pop-up advertisements for probioitics, guides on diets that supposedly prevent parasitic infections, and an article claiming that sprouts are a “superfood,” Natural News readers find articles with headlines, such as “This is what the Left has become: Targeting retarded children for transgender indoctrination,” “LGBT progressivism horrors: Parents to start physically maiming their own babies to slice off all ‘gender’ organs in the name of progressivism and ‘equality,’” and “All white people are being removed from history as revisionists rewrite science, medicine and technology to eliminate pioneers based on the color of their skin.”