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Facebook Bans Antifa, Militia Organizations, and QAnon-Related Groups

By Allen Zhong    August 19, 2020
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Facebook has removed thousands of groups, pages, and ads related to Antifa, other violent-inciting militia organizations, and pages and groups related to QAnon from the social media platform.

“For militia organizations and those encouraging riots, including some who may identify as Antifa, we’ve initially removed over 980 groups, 520 pages and 160 ads from Facebook,” the social media company said Wednesday in a statement. “We’ve also restricted over 1,400 hashtags related to these groups and organizations on Instagram.”

Facebook said those pages, groups, and Instagram accounts are tied to offline anarchist groups that support violent acts amidst protests.

The company didn’t elaborate on whether they’re referring to the current wave of violent protests and riots after the death of Michael Floyd.

The social media platform said that their scope of policy enforcement had expanded to include behaviors of celebrating violent acts.

“We have seen growing movements that, while not directly organizing violence, have celebrated violent acts, shown that they have weapons and suggest they will use them, or have individual followers with patterns of violent behavior,” read the statement. “So today we are expanding our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy to address organizations and movements that have demonstrated significant risks to public safety but do not meet the rigorous criteria to be designated as a dangerous organization and banned from having any presence on our platform.”

Read more at The Epoch Times

Photo: Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters

 

Statement from Stewart Rhodes:

FACEBOOK IS PURGING OATH KEEPERS AND OTHER PATRIOT GROUPS

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