Facebook is removing the phrase “stop the steal” from its platform

by Peter Heck · Jan 12th, 2021 8:25 am
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Last Updated Jan 12th, 2021 at 5:21 pm

Facebook announced on Monday that it would be removing any content from its site that uses the phrase "stop the steal." The statement has been used often by supporters of President Trump and references a belief that the presidential election was won through voter fraud.

"With continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the U.S. presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the [‘stop the steal'] term by those involved in Wednesday's violence in DC, we're taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration," the social media giant said in a statement. "It may take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step but we have already removed a significant number of posts."

The decision corresponds to the company's announcement last week to suspend Trump from using the platform for at least the next 20 days. Facebook was joined by Twitter, Snapchat, Reddit, and several significant tech companies in silencing Trump's online accounts in the lead-up to next week's inauguration.

In addition to its suspension of Trump, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his company would continue pausing any ads that reference politics or the election for the immediate future.


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