Facebook Says It’s Banning the Phrase ‘Stop the Steal’
Facebook announced on Monday that it is taking down content on its platforms that contain the phrase “Stop the Steal” in the wake of the violent rioting by a pro-Trump mob at the U.S. Capitol last week. The Hill reports: “We are now removing content containing the phrase ‘stop the steal’ under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook and Instagram,” the company said in a blog post on Monday. The move, the company noted in the message, comes two months after it removed a group called “Stop the Steal” that had gathered a following of over 300,000 members and would spread misinformation about the election.

“We’ve been allowing robust conversations related to the election outcome and that will continue. But with continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in DC, we’re taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration,” the company said in the post Monday. “It may take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step but we have already removed a significant number of posts,” it continued. The company said its team will be working around the clock to enforce its policies around the coming inauguration of President-elect Biden.

“We will keep our Integrity Operations Center operating at least through January 22 to monitor and respond to threats in real time. We already had it active ahead of Georgia’s runoff elections and Congress’s counting of the Electoral College votes in the US presidential election. We extended it due to the violence at the Capitol last week,” the company added. The company also said it will continue its pause on ads in the U.S. pertaining to politics or the elections in the meantime. “This means that we aren’t allowing any ads from politicians, including President Trump,” it stated.

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