The group racked up greater than 365,000 members in a single day in response to Tuesday’s election with Trump supporters trying to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the presidential election and calling for protests.
‘According to the distinctive measures that we’re taking throughout this era of heightened rigidity, now we have eliminated the Group “Cease the Steal,” which was creating real-world occasions,’ a Fb spokesperson mentioned Thursday.
‘The group was organized across the delegitimization of the election course of, and we noticed worrying requires violence from some members of the group,’ the spokesperson added.
Fb introduced Thursday it has taken down a quickly rising pro-Trump group known as ‘Cease the Steal’ as a result of members had been calling for violence. The group, created Wednesday, racked up greater than 365,000 members earlier than it was shut down Thursday. A screenshot of the web page earlier than it was eliminated above
‘Cease the Steal’ noticed 1,000 new members being added each 10 seconds earlier than it was shut down.
Among the conspiracies peddled within the group embody debunked claims about #SharpieGate, the place Trump supporters in Maricopa County, Arizona alleged they got Sharpie pens to fill out their ballots to render them invalid. Arizona election officers have mentioned that isn’t true.
The group was getting used to prepare protests at ballot-counting facilities and a few members had mentioned arming themselves for violent confrontations, as per NPR.
The group had plans for a number of demonstrations together with ones in Washington DC and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Thursday.
A view of a put up within the group with the caption ‘Democrats are scheming to disenfranchise and nullify Republican votes’ above. It racked up greater than 7,000 reactions and 1,400 feedback
The group was getting used to prepare protests at ballot-counting facilities and a few members had mentioned arming themselves for violent confrontations. A view of occasions scheduled within the group above
It is a screenshot of a put up that was made within the group earlier than it was eliminated the place one Trump supporter wrote: ‘Their plan is to take away Joe Biden as unfit and put in Harris, please Lord let Donald Trump prevail’
In one other current screenshot from the web page earlier than it was shut down one Fb consumer requested if others didn’t have their ID’s checked when voting
The Fb group was tied to Girl for America First, a non-profit organized to protest towards Trump’s impeachment by former tea occasion activist Amy Kremer, as per Mom Jones.
The non-profit organized protests towards COVID-19 as properly earlier this 12 months.
On Twitter, one of many Fb group’s directors, Amy Kremer, mentioned: ‘The left is making an attempt to steal an election and Social media is complicit. That is outrageous!’
The #StopTheSteal hashtag has additionally emerged on Twitter and has been utilized in protests in a number of states to unfold unverified and false claims concerning the vote-counting course of.
Twitter mentioned it’s monitoring the hashtag.
A Cease The Steal protest pictured above Thursday in Pennsylvania the place dozens of individuals demanded the vote cease being counted as President Donald Trump claimed there was voter fraud
Consultant Jim Jordan stands with dozens of individuals calling for stopping the vote depend in Pennsylvania because of alleged fraud towards President Donald Trump on the steps of the State Capital in Harrisburg on Thursday
A bunch of Trump supporters chanting ‘Cease the Steal’ pictured on the Republican Nationwide Committee Headquarters in Washington DC
A Cease the Steal protest stuffed with Trump supporters pictured exterior of the Clark County Election Middle in North Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday
There are a number of different Fb teams with related names nonetheless on the platform and a few had been created to interchange the ‘Cease the Steal’ group.
One other group utilizing the identical identify however with totally different directors, advised its members that no threats can be allowed and that they need to take precautions like utilizing photographs with phrases slightly than textual content.
This group, which had greater than 2,000 members, additionally mentioned it might shift to turn out to be personal in a couple of days.