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Facebook bans 'stop the steal' content, 69 days after the election

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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DENVER, CO - JANUARY 06: A Donald Trump supporter holds a Stop the Steal sign while gathering on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol to protest the election on January 6, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Trump supporters gathered at state capitals across the country to protest today's ratification of Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Facebook will begin removing all content that mentions the phrase "stop the steal," a full 69 days after Election Day.

(CNN Business)Facebook will begin removing all content that mentions the phrase "stop the steal," a full 69 days after Election Day.

"With continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday's violence in DC, we're taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration," Guy Rosen, Facebook's VP of integrity, wrote in a post about the company's preparation for Inauguration Day.

Rosen said Facebook rolled out new "emergency measures" last week -- for example, Rosen said, group administrators will increasingly be required to review posts before they can be published, and comments that contain hate speech or incitement may be removed from group posts entirely.

The blog post comes as tech companies confront mounting skepticism about whether they did too little, too late to prevent the violence that swept the Capitol — and that continues to be a risk heading into President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week.

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