In a new move to silence the president and his faithful followers, Facebook has announced they are removing any posts that mention “Stop the Steal.”
Although Facebook has always taken the stance that they are not a publisher; they are now warning us they will control our views on social media; in other words, take away our freedom of speech.
“We’re taking additional steps and using the same teams and technologies we used during the general election to stop misinformation and content that could incite further violence during these next few weeks,” it said in a statement, reports Fox News.
“We are now removing content containing the phrase “stop the steal” under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook and Instagram,” it continued.
Facebook’s Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen and Vice President of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert said preparations for Inauguration Day were started last year. However, after the riots on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 6, the plans “took on new urgency.”
Company executives did say that they have been “allowing robust conversations related to the election outcome, and that will continue.”
“But with continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the U.S. presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in D.C., we’re taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration.
“It may take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step, but we have already removed a significant number of posts,” they said.
Facebook even tried to control its employees’ thoughts on Wednesday after discussions about whether the president should be banned had sprung up, BuzzFeed News reported.
According to BuzzFeed News, within an hour of employees posting to the messaging boards, Facebook administrators—without explanation—blocked comments on at least three threads discussing possibly kicking Trump off the platform.
“Donald Trump has directly incited a terror attack on Capitol Hill,” one Facebook employee wrote on a post where comments were later halted. “We need to take down his account right now; this is not a moment for half measures.”
After President Trump posted a video on Facebook in which he attempted to delegitimize the election by calling it “stolen,” one employee said that Twitter had prevented it from being shared or seen by others within minutes.
“I’m sure we’ve done something to demote it, but this is a pretty dangerous territory we’re in,” they wrote. “I’m hoping we can go further.”