Facebook bans hundreds of accounts related to the Boogaloo extremist movement
(CNN Business) Facebook ( FB ) on Tuesday banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages that it said were linked to the Boogaloo movement, a loosely organized extremist collective whose members have occasionally shown up armed to racial justice and anti-quarantine protests around the country.
The banned content includes a core set of 220 Facebook accounts, 95 accounts on Facebook-owned Instagram and dozens of pages and groups that Facebook, in a blog post , said posed a "credible threat" to public safety. Facebook said the accounts were "actively promoting violence against civilians, law enforcement, and government officials and institutions."
That network of Facebook users, the company said, was engaged in recruiting followers from the wider Boogaloo movement for clearly violent purposes.
In a separate move, Facebook issued another batch of bans Tuesday targeting more than 400 groups and 100 pages that hosted "similar content" praising or supporting the movement but that Facebook said were not primarily operated by members of the first network and did not appear to promote as much violence.
The crackdowns mark Facebook's latest attempt to confront hate speech and extremism on its platforms amid weeks of criticism over its content moderation policies. The backlash has led to a growing advertiser boycott involving some of the world's largest companies, including Coca-Cola,and. It comes a day after Reddit Twitch and YouTube took actions of their own against a variety of content on their platforms that they said was hateful.
It also highlights the rise of an amorphous movement that law enforcement officials, including ...
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