A Facebook group aimed at spreading electoral misinformation and inciting violence became more than 350,000 members on Thursday. Now, Facebook has discontinued it.
Supporters of President Donald Trump launched a “Stop the Steel” group this week to organize protests against the presidential election, which is yet to be called as of Friday afternoon. Some members called for violence, and spread numerous misinformation, including baseless claims that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election.
A Facebook spokesperson said the forum was also concerned as the group was organizing events in person.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Facebook said, “According to this period of extraordinary tension, which we are doing in this period of increasing tension, we have removed the group ‘Stop the Steel’, which is a real-world phenomenon. Was causing it. ” “The group was organized around the delegation of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group.”
While Facebook removed the original group, countless Localized options Unfolded across the country, easily searched on stage, and gained thousands of followers.
Some members have successfully protested at counting centers in places such as Pennsylvania and Arizona, where ballot-tallying is going on.
Despite no indication that votes are not counting, Trump supporters on Thursday sought to “count every vote” outside Phoenix City Hall. Meanwhile, a Trump supporter in Philadelphia called on officials to “stop the counting of votes”, ostensibly to block votes that counted in Biden’s favor.
Facebook told the AP that it continues to monitor activities that violate its rules and will take action against groups that do so.
The groups have become a hub of misinformation, with members sharing videos and testimonials that claim conspiracies around voter fraud in many states, eventually spreading to other platforms including Twitter and YouTube. They are just the latest problem for Facebook, which has a long historyOn your platform.
There seem to be many groups Call For a civil war, it sought to incite violence against journalists and redo the election altogether.
Ahead of the group’s formation, the president himself tweeted baseless claims that Democrats are “trying for elections.” Mr. Trump has repeatedly made false claims in comments from the White House and on Twitter.
Mr Trump claimed on Twitter on Thursday night that he would easily win the election with “legal” votes, and claimed that observers were not allowed to do his job. Twitter flagged the post for being misleading.
Election officials and international observers have stated that there is currently no evidence of voter fraud.
According to CBS News’ Vladimir Duthiers report, the counting halls are currently hosting live streams, are available to the public, and the results are stored in a server that is not connected to the Internet and therefore not susceptible to hacking . These rooms have bipartisan nominated workers to ensure that all votes are properly counted.