Facebook removes ‘stop the steal’ rhetoric, denies political ads ahead of inauguration

Social media networks have been clamping down on any rhetoric posted to their platforms that in any way supports the election protesters’ underlying arguments in the wake of last week’s riot on Capitol Hill.

As a recent example, Facebook is scrubbing any mention of the words “stop the steal,” a rallying cry among Trump supporters upset by the results of the Electoral College vote tally.

“Attempts to organize events”

Ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the move marks just the latest in an unprecedented crackdown on political speech by Big Tech firms far and wide.

Facebook became one of the many platforms to indefinitely suspend the president after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday. Five individuals died in the ensuing chaos.

In the days the followed, private companies took various steps to distance themselves from related rhetoric and Trump in general.

For Facebook’s part, that effort reportedly includes any references to “stop the steal,” arguing that the bold move is necessary to promote public safety. The phrase has been used by Trump supporters to protest the alleged fraud responsible for President-elect Joe Biden’s win in November’s election.

The company said that “with continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence,” its moderators will be banning the use of the phrase.

“Big Tech is doing a horrible thing”

Facebook’s announcement cited “our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook & Instagram,” noting that it “removed the Stop the Steal group in November and continue to remove Pages, groups & events that violate our policies.”

In a statement on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the “risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”

The company went on to say that Trump’s “decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world.”

In addition to blocking content, Facebook has also temporarily blocked all political and election-related advertising on the platform — including those by the Trump campaign.

While in Texas on Tuesday, Trump denounced the decision, asserting: “Big Tech is doing a horrible thing for our country and to our country, and I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them,” he said. “I’ve never seen such anger as I see right now, and that’s a terrible thing.”

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  1. Our country is not what it was! So sad! I am going to be 70 this year and it sickens me to my core that we are living under this type of oppression.

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  3. oUR POLITICIANS ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN. gOOD BYE FACEBOOK, GOOD BYE TWITTER I WILL ROT IN HELL BEFORE YOU WILL SEE ANYTHING FROM ME EVER

  4. Will Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon etc. also ban anyone or group mentioning of the KKK, White Supremacy, BLM, ANTIFA, MS-13 or any other person or group they feel the need to suppress?

  5. Mark Zuckerberg S/B censured too for saying Trump condoned the capitol riot. I’m not on Facebook or any other social mediaplatforms and don’t care to be. These sites and companies should somehow be regulated because of the power they have over peoples lives as deliverers of info. Some ofthis info can destroy peoples lives.

    1. Why did FB allow all the Trump hate to go on for 4 years????
      Now it’s dangerous? Maybe FB should be held responsible for all of the riots in the USA!

  6. FACE BOOK IS GOING TO BE A THING OF THE PAST!! AMERICANS ARE NOT GOING TO BE DICTATED TO, FOR THEIR OPINIONS NOT MATCHING MARK ZUCKERBERG’S.

  7. Facebook’s part, that effort reportedly includes any references to “stop the steal,” arguing that the bold move is necessary to promote public safety. The Nazis had a phrase which covered all abuses by the State: “Fur Ihre Sicherheit” …It’s For Your Safety! and we all know how that turned out for 6 million Jews and 9 million Polish people!

  8. I voted. For trump not because I like everything he says and does but because he wanted America to be great again god to be back in the schools and the military and homeless put before any immigrants legal or illegle. Also because he was not part of the good ole boys network…I am an American and he was making me proud to be one….

  9. Why don’t you look at the real terrorists that came to the capitol. BLM with the blessing if the evil Democrats. That awful man who said he was just there to record what was going on was one of the head snakes of BLM out of Ohio!!!

  10. Get ready for the Raw New Deal !!! Gas prices have been ramping up and that cost feeds into the cost of every other product, causing inflation and killing the economy.

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