Facebook purging any content containing phrase ‘stop the steal’

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Facebook announced Monday that it will now remove any content from its platform that includes the phrase “stop the steal” as part of its enhanced enforcement following last week’s siege on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters.

What are the details?

“We are now removing content containing the phrase ‘stop the steal’ under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook and Instagram,” the company declared in a statement. “We removed the original Stop the Steal group in November and have continued to remove Pages, groups and events that violate any of our policies, including calls for violence.”

The social media platform, founded by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, went on to explain:

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. It may take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step but we have already moved a significant number of posts.

Facebook’s latest measure is part of an ongoing, coordinated crackdown by major social media outlets against President Donald Trump and his assertions that the presidential election was stolen for President-elect Joe Biden.

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Following the storming of the Capitol after a massive rally hosted by Trump, the president was banned for life from Twitter and suspended indefinitely from Facebook, Instagram, and other online platforms amid accusations that he incited the violence that left six of his supporters — including a Capitol Police officer — dead.

What about Twitter?

Also on Monday, Twitter announced “some of the steps” the company had taken since last week “to protect the conversation” following the attack that occurred last Wednesday.

“Given the violent events in Washington, DC, and increased risk of harm, we began permanently suspending thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon,” Twitter said in a statement. “Many of the individuals impacted by this updated enforcement action held multiple accounts, driving up the total numbers of accounts impacted.”

Twitter explained further:

Since Friday, more than 70,000 accounts have been suspended as a result of our efforts, with many instances of a single individual operating numerous accounts. These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service.

As countless conservative Twitter users complained over the weekend that they were losing a significant amount of followers, Twitter had put out a statement saying that “in order to prevent spam, we regularly challenge accounts to confirm details like email and phone number. Until that info is confirmed, these accounts aren’t included in follower counts.”

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18 Comments

  1. IF you read varying articles, you will soon come to the conclusion that the Democrats (Socialists) and RINOs want the 74+ MILLION Trump Supporters gone, eliminated, sent to Gulags, banished from Social Media and the Social Media itself eliminated!

    Keep in mind that these 74+ MILLION Trump Supporters are the individuals who are providing the Jobs, Taxes, and Lawfulness that allows them (Socialists or Democrats and RINOs) to exist.

    I AM A TRUMP SUPPORTER! Just a little bit about me… I am a Constitutionalist, a conservative, college educated before serving 9 years in the US Army (1969-1978), spent the next 30 years as a Computer Systems Designer and Consultant to Fortune 500 companies including Honeywell, United Technologies, Boeing Helicopters, Anthem Blue Cross, and Hewlett-Packard, and today I raise Black Angus Cattle to feed you.

    Like most conservative people, I own “arms”, support the 2nd Amendment, AND have been “Law Abiding”; HOWEVER, YOU Leftists (Democrats and RINOs) are beginning to make me angry enough that I am honestly considering YOUR fate and whether you should be allowed to exist anymore! IF we, the 74+ MILLION people who support President Trump, should decide that YOU need to GO, the scare that you got when some of your own overran The Hill on 01/06/2021 will be TAME compared to the Civil War that you are attempting to ignite. YOU really have NO IDEA as to what you are facing, but if YOU keep pushing, YOU very well may get buried by your own stupidity!

    PERSONALLY, I will NOT bury you… after all, the vultures need to eat too.

    THINK ABOUT THAT!

    1. Here is a little tidbit: In Cook County, Illinois, the ”takers,” on welfare, etc., now outnumber the ”makers,” the working folks in that same county. What a nice county to live in, I am sure.

    2. Feed the remains to those on welfare! After all the satan worshipping DEMONcrats need to eat as well, and besides demons eat their own.

  2. STOP the STEAL…STOP the STEAL…STOP the STEAL…TRUMP is our POTUS!! Four more GREAT years!!
    KAG!! KAG!! KAG!!

  3. Socialism/ Communism fast approaching with Democrats and big tech taking away free speech and so many other things that go with American freedom, I really feel that mine and other folks Grandchildren are going to have a very tough future with the corrupt government and big tech controlling their lives.

    1. Call those in office what they are! They are all just a bunch of satan worshipping DEMONcrats, they are all demons from the 3rd level of he11. So call them that (DEMONS)

  4. Facebook has been protected by the law because they are not a publisher but there actions of late are proof they are a publisher. This opens them up to all kinds of lawsuits hopefully president Trump will repeal section 230 this will allow facebook, google etc.. To be held liable this has been a long time coming and it does not matter who is president on 1/20/21 or who controls congress. To try and put back section 230 if Trump repeals it they would have to wait a minimum of 1 year and then it would have to be decided by the supreme court. The democrats can try and stack the supreme court but if they do they will lose the country. The majority of democrat, republican and even liberal supporters are against court packing. The democrats would not do this for facebook or google because they don’t need them anymore. If they are going to change anything with a packed supreme court section230 would be the last thing they would use that power on. They know the people would see this as and abuse of power and there is no way they would keep their congressional seats or their senate seats. The republicans would regain control of both branches and then take down all of those who tried to make this country into a oligarchy.

  5. Removing Section 230 will only increase the censorship, as they will say they are protecting themselves from lawsuits. A better approach would be to define these companies as public utilities, which they are, and regulate them. AT&T cannot deny you a phone based on your political views, They must provide their service to everyone, without discrimination. Classifying these social media platforms as utilities (regulated monopolies) would prohibit them from the type of actions they are taking. The penalty would be hefty fines.

  6. A few years ago, when “tolerance” was the word of the day, I made my New Years resolution to defriend anyone who advocated violence over someone who just disagrees with them.

    I lost contact with about half of my liberal friends and almost everyone who had previously made a post about how much tolerance matters to them.

    If facebook is against violence as much as they claim to be then they’ve got to cut out their main customer base.

    1. On that you are correct, they need to cut ties with antifa and the blmthose accounts all need to be removed and purged from the system, and then watch what happens, there will be FIREworks in every corner of all the tech co.

  7. We are all to blame. When Facebook started serious censoring of individual conservatives a couple years ago rather than a serious uproar we made jokes about “being in FB jail”. When they they started censoring entire posts to keep them from going viral we complained, but still did nothing. When they started putting “warning” labels on conservative posts and revising their logarithms to limit viewership the grumbling increased, but still nothing was done. This allowed them to keep “turning the screws” to the point that they are now opening eliminating from their platform even the duels elected President of the United States! Who they hell does Zuckerberg think he is anyway? Perhaps individuals like me couldn’t do much, although I tried to get people to join me in a class action suit when FB shut down my personal page and all my business pages (with no warning, no recourse, and no appeal…and for no reason other than being a conservative). But where were our Republican Congressmen and Senators? They should have done something but failed to act. Where were they on the issues of election fraud….. still on vacation (other than using it as a fund raising gimmick). This country (and the Republican Party) are now screwed, the foxes are now in charge of the hen house making it a very bad time for us chickens.

  8. It’s time for term limits. Congress would consider the taxpayers if they had to live with the laws they pass.

  9. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but suffer the loss of his immortal soul? Simply, how much money and power do you want? Do you think you are a good guy to spit in the faces of 75,000,000 America citizens? From where does this hubris come? If there is a hell, I’m sure you will be there.

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