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Facebook banning, removing all ‘Stop the Steal’ content in wake of pro-Trump violence

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MENLO PARK, California -- Facebook will begin removing all content that mentions the phrase "stop the steal," the social media giant announced Monday.

The tech company said in a blog post that it will ramp up enforcement against the phrase because it was used by those who participated in last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol.

"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 D.C., we're taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration," Guy Rosen, Facebook's VP of integrity, wrote in a post about the company's preparation for Inauguration Day.

On Election Day, the slogan "stop the steal" quickly became a rallying cry among President Donald Trump's supporters, many of whom were egged on by Trump himself and his allies with false claims of election fraud. As a hashtag, its origins date back years, according to Facebook's CrowdTangle analysis tool, but it became wildly popular in recent months as a gathering place for conspiracy theories about the election outcome.

Facebook added that it will continue its weeks-long ban on all U.S. political advertising, including by Trump, whose account Facebook suspended indefinitely on Jan. 7. Rosen said Facebook rolled out new "emergency measures" last week -- for example, Rosen said, group administrators will increasingly be required to review posts before they can be published, and comments that contain hate speech or incitement may be removed from group posts entirely.

The blog post comes as tech companies confront mounting skepticism about whether they did too little, too late to prevent the violence that swept the Capitol — and that continues to be a risk heading into President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week.




  1. Yup censorship is starting, and the American public is too stupid to understand what’s going on. Curtail this freedom, then another, and another, pretty soon we have lost all our freedoms. I think Benjamin Franklin said it best, something along the lines of: “those who give up a little freedom for security deserve neither.“

    1. Ben Franklin never dreamed we would elect a madman sex offender and business failure with Nazi ideas to the Presidency. The orange buffoon and his followers are a clear and present danger to the security of the United States.

    2. First thing they tell you in First grade is that you can’t yell FIRE! in a crowded theater. Did you flunk first grade during the Depression?? Trump called for an Insurrection against the US Government, stupid. That ain’t no First Amendment speech that’s Treason!! IMPEACHTHEMOTHERFUCKER#2019/20

  2. turner1961, you are an absolute moron, the BLM and antifa would burn this country to the ground, and you think they would’nt take out your worthless ass you sir are sadly mistaken

    1. Oh look. Another Trump dick sucker is logging on. BLM is a protest movement against police brutality on Blacks. The Trump Neo Nazi movement is a call to hang, kill, and remove duly elected lawmakers. Difference being Police Reform on one hand by BLM protesters but Insurrection against the US government on the other.

    2. I’ll take my chances with the BLM folks. I can’t condone treason and insurrection against the United States and its legal elections process.

  3. Before you Trump ass lickers get cross-eyed mad, think of what the soon to be twice Impeached Imbecile Orange Nazi has done to this country. He has only 9 days left to shit on us before he is removed from the White House forever. He will be remembered as the most hated politician in US history, even more hated than Herr Fuhrer Hitler himself.

  4. You two clowns are more than likely welfare rats that are waiting on your free ride from the feeble asshole that stole the election, oh my bad he’s never awake long enough to find out what the hell is going on and another thing that POS Kamala will be the President due to the chance the Dems will pull the 25th amendment card and then put biden in a nursing home in new york to die at the hands of another POS dem named cuomo

        1. No you’re not, no you’re not! How do you know dickhead? You sound like your dickless fat ass leader Trump. No you’re not, no you’re not. Shut the fuck up, already Granny maggot.

    1. Stole the election? He sure stole it alright by getting more votes than the orange buffoon. You are a traitor and a seditionist not to mention a piece of human shit.

    2. Says a dumbass too stupid to know he has been lied to. Been brainwashed into believing the Trumptard is the Greatest. What a dumbass gullible sucker. How old are you? Twelve??

  5. Hey memy? You’ll believe anything so I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you. How about it?? Trump sold you a bunch of bullshit. Why don’t you send me 100 dollars and I’ll ship you the bridge for free.

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