Facebook bans hundreds of groups and accounts linked to the far-right boogaloo movement

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Facebook has banned a network of hundreds of Facebook accounts, groups, and pages associated with the far-right “boogaloo” movement from its platform.
In a statement, Facebook called the network a “violent” and “dangerous organization.” It said the specific network of hundreds of groups and accounts it banned on its platform was distinct from the broader amorphous boogaloo movement because the former “actively seeks to commit violence.”
The social media giant said it removed 220 Facebook accounts, 95 Instagram accounts, 28 pages, and 106 groups linked to the boogaloo network it identified from its platform.
Multiple people associated with the extremist movement have been arrested on murder and domestic terrorism charges this month and in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality.
The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies have also circulated a number of intelligence assessments warning of individuals linked to the boogaloo movement inciting violence during the protests to start a second civil war.
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Facebook on Tuesday announced that it was banning a network of Facebook accounts, groups, and pages associated with the far-right, anti-government “boogaloo” movement from its platform, calling it a “violent” and “dangerous organization.”

“Today we are designating a violent US-based anti-government network as a dangerous organization and banning it from our platform,” the company said in a statement.

“This network uses the term boogaloo but is distinct from the broader and loosely-affiliated boogaloo movement because it actively seeks to commit violence,” Facebook continued. “For months, we have removed boogaloo content when there is a clear connection to violence or a credible threat to public safety, and today’s designation will mean we remove more content going forward, including Facebook Groups and Pages.”

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As part of the designation, Facebook said that it removed 220 Facebook accounts, 95 Instagram accounts, 28 pages, and 106 groups linked to the boogaloo network it identified from its platform. Over 400 other groups and 100 pages were also removed from Facebook for hosting boogaloo-related content that violated the company’s policies.

“We have always removed boogaloo content when we identify a clear call for violence,” Facebook said, adding that it has removed over 800 posts connected to the ideology that violated its Violence and Incitement policy over the last two months.

The extremist ideology has seen a resurgence following George Floyd’s death


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