Fb to take away “Cease the Steal” content material forward of the inauguration

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Georgetown University in a “Free Speech Conversation” in Washington, DC on October 17, 2019.

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Facebook announced on Monday that in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, it would remove “Stop the Steal” content from its services.

Facebook previously removed a “Stop the Steal” group from its services in November and has since removed various other related groups and pages. However, the company announced it had taken this extra step after the US Capitol riot last week.

“With the continued attempts to organize events against the US presidential election outcome that may lead to violence and the use of the term by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in DC, we are taking this additional step in advance of the Inauguration. “Said the company in a blog post.

Facebook plans to treat the next two weeks as a major civil event and stop any misinformation or content that could lead to further violence.

The company plans to live stream the inauguration in the Facebook News section of its app and website. After the inauguration, tags will be placed on posts attempting to delegitimize the elections stating that Biden is the sitting US president.

The company said it will also maintain its hiatus on political ads in the US

The announcements come after Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said Monday that the US Capitol riot was not “largely” organized on the social media company’s services. Last week, Facebook prevented Trump from posting for at least the rest of his term in office.

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