Facebook would like to stop “Stop the Steal,” this time for real.
In a statement posted on Monday, the company announced that in preparation for Inauguration Day, it would take down any posts on Facebook or Instagram that use the phrase “stop the steal.”
The company says it will “take some time” to fully roll out this new policy. It will allow “Stop the Steal” content that condemns the claim or “neutrally” discusses it.
Facebook said it’s taking action under its Coordinating Harm policy, which states: “In an effort to prevent and disrupt offline harm and copycat behavior, we prohibit people from facilitating, organizing, promoting, or admitting to certain criminal or harmful activities targeted at people, businesses, property or animals.”
However, this isn’t the first time Facebook attempted to block “Stop the Steal” on its platform.
Two days after the election in November, Facebook announced that it would “temporarily” hide searches for #StopTheSteal and #SharpieGate due to the overwhelming amount of election misinformation spreading on the site.
Searching for those terms early Monday, it appears searches for #SharpieGate are still being blocked. However, searches for #StopTheSteal surfaced content with the hashtag.
Here’s how Facebook looked before when searching the hashtag #StopTheSteal on November 5, 2020:
And here’s what it looks like now:
While searching for #StopTheSteal resulted in a list of public posts, searches for specific posts, groups, and pages are still blocked. Facebook has also removed the advanced search bar from #StopTheSteal results pages. After Mashable pointed out the issue, Facebook said it once again blocked searches for #StopTheSteal as it did last November.
“Stop the Steal” has become a rallying cry for Trump supporters since the November election. They claim the soon-to-be former president actually won the election in a landslide. The rally and ensuing storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, which resulted in five deaths, were organized under the “Stop the Steal” banner.
As Facebook notes in its statement, the company has previously taken action against “Stop the Steal.” Following the election in November, Facebook took down the original “Stop the Steal” group for breaking its policies and spreading conspiracy theories.
It didn’t take long for other “Stop the Steal” groups to pop up, although the company says it continues to monitor these related groups and pages for policy violations.
UPDATE: Jan. 11, 2021, 8:02 p.m. EST This post has been updated to note Facebook will allow “Stop the Steal” content that condemns the claim or “neutrally” discusses it and that the hashtag, “#StoptheSteal” has once again been blocked.
ที่มา : Mashable