Facebook removes pro-Trump "Stop The Steal" group with 365,000 members

by Joel Abbott · Nov 6th, 2020 10:59 am
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Last Updated Nov 8th, 2020 at 4:35 am

Facebook has shut down a group opposing election fraud that had grown to over 365,000 members in less than 24 hours.

The group "Stop the Steal" was formed this week due to ongoing allegations of fraud across multiple key states still counting ballots three days after Election Day. The allegations began early Wednesday morning with perceived irregularities such as ballot dumps that quickly pushed Biden ahead in states where Trump was leading.

"Is this how social media treated Black Lives Matter protestors?" asked conservative pundit Chris Barron regarding the group's deletion.

Facebook's Communication Director Andy Stone – who previously worked in multiple roles within the Democratic Party – said the social media company was worried about violence.

"The group was organized around the delegitimization of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group," said Stone.

The Stop The Steal group was formed by the organization Women for America First with the purpose of organizing "boots on the ground to protect the integrity of the vote." The group was organizing multiple rallies and creating links for people to donate to the travel expenses of individuals traveling to battleground states. No call to violence or illegal activity was endorsed or promoted by the group.

"Facebook just silenced over 365,000 American voices," said group administrator Cindy Pfingston Chafian. "We were organizing people to go to the states to oversee election counting and for rallies and they silenced us!!"

Facebook also removed the page "Stand Up to Unlock Michigan" for similar violations to its policy earlier in the week. That page was itself formed after Facebook deleted its first group, "Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine," in May after 380,000 people had joined to protest government lockdowns.

Stop The Steal rallies are continuing in multiple states despite the ban. More information on rallies and contact information can be found on a separate website that has been launched.


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