FB bans phrase 'stop the steal' ahead of Biden's inauguration

Dienstag, 12. Januar 2021 01:27

Facebook Inc. stated that it is removing content containing the phrase "stop the steal," related to United States President Donald Trump's claim that the presidential election was stolen from him. The social media giant said the move is part of preparations for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.

"We’ve been allowing robust conversations related to the election outcome and that will continue. But with continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in DC, we’re taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration. It may take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step but we have already removed a significant number of posts," Facebook said in a statement. It added that it will carry a live stream of the inauguration, as well as provide a news digest to Facebook News "as a curated place for people to find reliable news about the inauguration."

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