Facebook removes stop the steal pro-Trump constituency

Facebook closed a pro-Trump group on Thursday that is organizing protests against the vote counting. It said it was used to delegitimize the electoral process and contained “worrying” calls for violence.

The group, called “Stop the Steal”, was only a few days old but had more than 3,000,000 members at the time of its removal for violating Facebook guidelines.

The social network that acted as the ballot will continue in battlefield states two days after Tuesday’s vote. Democrat Joe Biden remains confident of taking over the presidency from incumbent Donald Trump.

“In line with the extraordinary measures we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the ‘Stop the Steal’ group that spawned real events,” Facebook responded to an AFP request.

“The group was organized around the delegitimization of the electoral process and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group.”

“Stop the Steal” called for “boots on the ground” to protect the so-called “integrity” of the vote, and encouraged donations to send supporters to battlefields such as Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Some of the comments warned of being “on the verge of civil war” and asked supporters how they would “overthrow the government,” the Post reported.

Since election day, the president has fired tweets calling for the ballot papers to be suspended, claiming without evidence that there was election fraud.

But his tweets have been masked with clues telling people the claims are misleading.

Facebook and Twitter have made every effort to prevent the platforms from being used to spread false claims about the integrity of the voting or ballot papers.

The platforms have pledged to step up scrutiny of incorrect election information, including premature victory claims, to avoid repeating the 2016 manipulation efforts.

Separately, Facebook announced that it had implemented its policy to ban political ads after the polls were completed.

A Facebook spokesman said the goal was “to reduce the risk of confusion or abuse” and the ban is expected to last about a week.


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