Facebook announced on Monday that they will remove all content that mentions “Stop the Steal,” a reference to the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Facebook said it is removing “Stop the Steal” content from their platform and Instagram, claiming that the phrase might incite violence on Inauguration Day after the riots that transpired last week on Capitol Hill.
“We are now removing content containing the phrase ‘stop the steal’ under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook and Instagram,” said Facebook in a blog post.
“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,” the company added.
In November, Facebook shut down a group called “Stop the Steal,” which had garnered over 364,000 members.
“We removed the original Stop the Steal group in November and have continued to remove Pages, groups and events that violate any of our policies, including calls for violence,” said Facebook.
FB went on to claim that it is “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,” continued Facebook.
“It may take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step but we have already removed a significant number of posts,” FB added.