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Fb to take away ‘cease the steal’ content material in lead as much as President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration

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Fb founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Georgetown College in a ‘Dialog on Free Expression” in Washington, DC on October 17, 2019.

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Facebook on Monday announced it can take away content material containing the phrase “cease the steal” from its providers within the lead as much as President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

Fb had beforehand eliminated a “Cease the Steal” group from its providers in November and has eliminated numerous different associated teams and pages since then, however the firm stated it was taking this extra step following the rebellion on the U.S. Capitol final week.

“With continued makes an attempt to arrange occasions in opposition to the result of the U.S. presidential election that may result in violence, and use of the time period by these concerned in Wednesday’s violence in D.C., we’re taking this extra step within the lead as much as the inauguration,” the corporate stated in a weblog submit.

Fb stated it plans to deal with the subsequent two weeks as a serious civic occasion and cease any misinformation or content material that might incite additional violence.

The corporate stated it plans to dwell stream the inauguration within the Fb Information portion of its app and web site. After the inauguration, it can place labels on posts trying to delegitimize the election that say Biden is the sitting U.S. president.

The corporate stated it can additionally preserve its pause on political advertisements within the U.S.

The bulletins come after Fb COO Sheryl Sandberg earlier on Monday said that the rebellion on the U.S. Capitol had not “largely” been organized on the social media firm’s providers. Final week, Facebook blocked Trump from posting for at least the remainder of his term.