Facebook announces ban on ‘stop the steal’ rhetoric in effort to stem further violence

Following November’s presidential election, President Donald Trump and many of his most ardent supporters pursued challenges related to supposed fraud behind his re-election loss.

In response to last week’s violent riot on Capitol Hill, however, Facebook took the decisive step of banning references to “stop the steal,” a rallying cry among pro-Trump protesters, on its platform.

“We are now removing content”

According to the company, its censorship of the phrase is intended to prevent more violence in the days ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Facebook joined Twitter and other top social media sites in suspending Trump’s account following the breach of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.

One week later, the president was impeached for a second time as Big Tech firms clamped down even tighter on political speech from his allies.

In its announcement on Monday, Facebook confirmed that it would remove mentions of “stop the steal” after previously banning a related group boasting hundreds of thousands of members.

“We are now removing content containing the phrase ‘stop the steal’ under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook and Instagram,” the advisory explained.

“And I’m glad we did”

In a blog post, Facebook officials declared: “We began preparing for Inauguration Day last year. But our planning took on new urgency after last week’s violence in Washington, D.C., and we are treating the next two weeks as a major civic event.”

While this and other moves have sparked opprobrium among those who believe social media platforms are engaging in inappropriate censorship, Facebook maintains that it will still allow “robust conversations” on topics related to politics.

Those discussions, however, are no longer allowed to include claims that call the results of the 2020 race into question, however.

Of course, Facebook itself has faced harsh scrutiny for its alleged role in helping to facilitate last week’s chaos in D.C., with Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg claiming that the riot was “largely” organized by users of other social media sites.

In defense of the company, she said: “We have clearly established principles that say you cannot call for violence. In this moment, the risk to our democracy was too big that we felt we had to take the unprecedented step of what is an indefinite ban [on Trump’s account]. And I’m glad we did.”

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  1. This is illegal in our country. What else is there to say about it. Facebook needs to be broken up as a corrupt monopoly. We need a secure substitute for facebook so many more can leave this site

    1. Everything, everybody who is conservative are being canceled. However, a lot of info is coming out regarding how “organized groups” were shipped to the capital on jan 6 and paid to cause chaos, destroy….NOT the president. But, Pelosi couldnt wait to get rid of him and denied him due process, and more for him to protect himself. NOTHING will be done about the biden corruption or harris’ saying plenty to incite violence from protestors; they ignored what went on over the summer… they have double standards. Hate for the president is their license to cancel you… SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS! Obama was a big part of all this with his “organizing for action” setting up over 30,000 to cause problems for Pres. Trump, disrupt whatever he was holding and paid for by soros. Let us persevere in prayer that God will turn all their hate, their evil and bitter doings back on them, and give us wisdom and protection for what is rightfully ours. WE WILL NOT SIT ON OUR HANDS!

    2. Yes it does along with twitter!
      It’s really funny not in a fun matter but it’s really off that they didn’t do all this same crap when the capital was stormed in 2018 when that election was interrupted by kios.nor was anyone upset when they were turning down half the usa and calling everyday for violence to vamp up by Kamala Mutt, Beatrice and of course that loud mouth AOC..hope it all comes back to bite them in the butt like KARMA!-!

  2. Why did they begin planning this for the inauguration last year, if they were not already in on the scam, and what the outcome would be. Commie scum.

  3. Thank you from the FBI and Law Enforcement, you have now eliminated a vital source we used to identify potential criminal activity! We are now forced to seek out other sources not currently known. With little time remaining this censorship may indeed cause additional deaths and destruction.

  4. They are afraid of the violence? Dang right, they should be! Any violence will be because of their ‘holier-than-thou’ (big tech, antifa, blm, and others anti-Trump) attitude and have too much authority. When Conservatives and/or Christians are angered, we join together, we discuss, we pray, and we leave our problems in God’s hands as we live in the courage of being able to trust God for whatever the outcome. Much like the Civil War, we will only fight when threatened with bodily harm. I even know a Conservative who joined some antifa movement (I’m unaware of where he joined) and took a bus from Atlanta to DC just to infiltrate Conservatives’ peaceful protests and antifa caused violence in Congress. He even told me that one guy smeared poop on many dem holders chairs. He also said that many had weapons who were not Conservative. antifa found out he was a spy for Conservatives and he and his family have had to move to another city. Changing jobs, houses, internet id, and much more. Why? He believed that spying was okay!! After all, Rahab (Scripture References—Joshua 2:1, 3; 6:17-25; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25) was called by God to spy and protect spies who were doing what it took to protect God’s people.

  5. Facebook blocks, removes things like “Stop the Steal,” but Zuckerberg spends $500M to help “steal the election”. Hypocracy at the highest level.

    1. Zuckerberg needs to loose his business. Anyone that blocks people on Facebook because they think or believe differently than they do is selfish. He is soooo two-faced. He defends the right to steal from others as long as it is a certain type of people doing it. God will have his say over people like Zuckerberg.

      1. I agree, when people deny free speech who is to stop them. Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and fake news have deliberately blocked free speech, who is going to block them? Where is FBI and Our Federal government?? Democrats control free speech.

  6. PEOPLE, you all now need to be extra careful what you put out there on line. Who knows whats to come. It would not surprise me at all if nut cases start going to homes causing problems for Conservatives. Just be careful.

  7. You leave a decapitated head depicting President Trump’s head by that terrible comedian Cathy (whatever her last name is) you leave that on indefinitely and that’s ok, but let someone say the election was crooked and oh my the entire liberal party is up in arms, including Facebook, Tweeter, Amazon well we still have our first amendment rights and I pray we continue to do so. Therefore people should be able to state their mind. I have always thought we had the greatest country and people were protected against hate, but I am afraid that is just not the case anymore. God help us!

  8. Remember Trump supporters do not fall for the left evil .Keep away from any demonstrations during the inauguration .They plan to set you up like they did in Capital Hill.Everyone spend your time in prayer

  9. THIS BAN TELLS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOW AFRAID THEY ARE OF “TRUTH?????” WE DO NOT NEED TO MAKE A STATEMENT IN THAT CONTEXT…..THERE ARE AT LEAST 75,00000 OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T NEEDYO BE TOLD!!!!!!!!!!THEY KNOW THE TRUTH BECAUSE THEY DID THE INVESTIGATIONS!!!!!! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ALREADY MOVING ON TO THEIR NEXT CHALLENGE?????????

  10. It is really bad that our speech rights have been limited by twitter and FB, ESPECIALLY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOW WE KNOW THE TRUTH THAT ANTIFA AND BLM DRESSED LIKE TRUMP’S SUPPORTERS TO BREAK IN THE CAPITOL AND CAUSED DESTRUCTION AND DEATH. THEY GOT CAUGHT, BUT TWITTER AND FACEBOOK CAUSED THE PRESIDENT TO BE IMPEACHED BECAUSE THE BLAMED HIM FOR CAUSING THIS BREACH. MAYBE THEY NEED TO BE SHUTDOWN AND ARRESTED FOR TREASON ON THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THEY HAVE HURT MANY PEOPLE AND OUR COUNTRY. THE DEMS WERE IN ON IT ALSO, THEY PLANNED IT ALONG WITH THE ANTIFA GUY WHO INSTIGATED IT.

  11. I find it unfortunate that people complain and make accusations and insinuations on line, in a commentary such as this, not realizing their political reps will likely never see it. Every political rep in congress has a tele# and email address. Call or send an email to them directly. Tell them how you feel. Remind them who they work for and tell them you will loudly and hardily campaign against them come next election, if, they don’t listen and abide by their constituents wishes. Voicing violent threats on-line does little good and only gets your comments censored by fools such as Zuckerberg, FB, Twitter, Instagram. I have contacted my state house and senate reps several times and have received replies. At least I know they are aware of my feelings and position regarding political and economic issues. I don’t make violent threats or unfounded accusations. I just remind them I can campaign for or against them. It is up to them.

  12. When everyone closes their Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and other social media accounts, causing them to loose money, it will put them out of business. Make THEM squirm! Zuckerberg and Dorsey, among others are arms of the commie party of demonrats! Shut them down!

  13. DOES SOUND ADOLF HITLER, NOOO FREE SPEECH, EVERYTHING CENSORD, NO GUNS SO NO ONE COULD PROTECT THEMSELFS.
    THIS IS TYRANNY PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
    THEY HATE TRUMP BECAUSE HE IS NOT A POLITICIAN, NOT ABLE TO BE BOUGHT, LIKE THE REST OF THE SWAMP.

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