Facebook bans hundreds of extremist Boogaloo group accounts for `promoting violence`

The moves come as Facebook faces an advertiser boycott that has morphed into a global digital activist campaign aimed at curbing hateful and toxic content on the social media platform

Facebook says it is removing groups, accounts and pages when they have a "clear connection to violence or a credible threat to public safety".

"Members of this network seek to recruit others within the broader boogaloo movement, sharing the same content online and adopting the same offline appearance as others in the movement to do so", the company said in an issued statement.

"Today we are designating a violent USA -based anti-government network as a risky organization and banning it from our platform", Facebook said in a blog post published Tuesday, as hundreds of accounts, groups and pages affiliated with the boogaloo movement were removed from Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook announced that is banning a far-right antigovernment "boogaloo" group from its platform.

Violent and extremist groups are increasingly turning to encrypted communications networks and fringe social platforms with no content moderation, which makes them more hard to track.

Facebook added that it also took down more than 400 other groups and more than 100 other pages where similar content was posted. The company removed 800 posts that called for violence in the past two months and also removed boogaloo-linked pages and groups from Facebook's recommendations. Another 400 groups and 100 other pages on Facebook also were removed for violating the company's policies on unsafe and violent content, the company said.

Facebook said it had been tracking activities of such groups since 2012 and had been "closely following its development" since 2019.

". Officials have identified violent adherents to the movement as those responsible for several attacks over the past few months", the company wrote in its blog post.

Earlier this month, an Air Force sergeant found with symbols connected to the boogaloo movement was charged with murder for killing a federal security officer during protests in Oakland. Boogaloo groups have a mix of members with varying levels of commitment to real-world violence and race-based hate, but organizations studying extremism have identified overlap between boogaloo supporters and white supremacist groups.

Carillo is accused of killing another policeman eight days later in an ambush after his van was discovered - laden with weapons and bomb-making materials - near Santa Cruz.

Facebook is also facing an advertiser boycott for not doing enough to stamp out hate speech on its platforms.

Federal court documents define boogaloo as a "term used by extremists to signify a coming civil war and/or fall of civilization".

Facebook appeared to respond late last week by announcing it would ban a "wider category of hateful content" in ads.

Facebook previously didn't take action on Trump's tweets such as his warnings to shoot protesters.



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