Facebook Removes Pro Trump 'Stop the Steal' Election Group
Facebook Removes Pro-Trump 'Stop the Steal' Election Group
Stop the Steal had topped 300,000 members by the time it was removed for violating Facebook policies.
By Agence France-Presse | Updated: 6 November 2020 10:12 IST
Counter-protesters chant during a "Stop the Steal" protest by supporters of US President Donald Trump
The group, called "Stop the Steal," had topped 3,00,000 members
Facebook took action as ballot counting continues in battleground states
Some of the commentary warned of being "on the verge of civil war"
Facebook on Thursday shut down a pro-Trump group organising protests against vote-counting, saying it was being used to delegitimise the election process and included "worrying" calls for violence.
The group, called "Stop the Steal," was just days old but had topped 3,00,000 members by the time it was removed for violating Facebook policies.
The social network acted as ballot counting continues in battleground states two days after Tuesday's vote, with Democrat Joe Biden still confident of capturing the presidency from incumbent Donald Trump.
"In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the Group 'Stop the Steal,' which was creating real-world events," Facebook said in response to an AFP inquiry.
"The group was organised around the delegitimisation of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group."
"Stop the Steal" was calling for "boots on the ground" to protect what it called the "integrity" of the vote, according to the Washington Post, and encouraging donations to help send supporters to battlegrounds such as Georgia and Pennsylvania.