Facebook bans hundreds of groups and accounts linked to the far-right amorphous boogaloo movement

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Facebook has banned a network of hundreds of Facebook accounts, groups, and pages associated with the loosely organized, far-right, anti-government “boogaloo” movement from its platform.
In a statement, Facebook called the network a “violent” and “dangerous organization.” It said the specific network of hundreds of groups and accounts it banned on its platform was distinct from the broader amorphous boogaloo movement because it “actively seeks to commit violence.”
Individuals and accounts associated with the extremist movement have come into the spotlight in recent weeks, particularly in light of nationwide protests against police brutality.
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Facebook on Tuesday announced that it was banning a network of Facebook accounts, groups, and pages associated with the far-right, anti-government “boogaloo” movement from its platform, calling it a “violent” and “dangerous organization.”

“Today we are designating a violent US-based anti-government network as a dangerous organization and banning it from our platform,” the company said in a statement.

“This network uses the term boogaloo but is distinct from the broader and loosely-affiliated boogaloo movement because it actively seeks to commit violence,” Facebook continued. “For months, we have removed boogaloo content when there is a clear connection to violence or a credible threat to public safety, and today’s designation will mean we remove more content going forward, including Facebook Groups and Pages.”

As part of the designation, Facebook said that it removed 220 Facebook accounts, 95 Instagram accounts, 28 pages, and 106 groups linked to the boogaloo network it identified from its platform. Over 400 other groups and 100 pages were also removed from Facebook for hosting boogaloo-related content that violated the company’s policies.

“We have always removed boogaloo content when we identify a clear call for violence,” Facebook said, adding that it has removed over 800 posts connected to the ideology that violated its Violence and Incitement policy over the last two months.

The extremist ideology has seen a resurgence following George Floyd’s death

Individuals and accounts associated with the far-right extremist movement have come into the spotlight in recent weeks, particularly in light of nationwide protests against police brutality after the Memorial Day death of 46-year-old George Floyd in police custody.

Politico reported on two new intelligence assessments earlier this month warning that boogaloo extremists may soon target Washington, DC.

One note, dated June 15 from the National Capital Region Threat Intelligence Consortium (NTIC), said that “the District is likely a target for violent adherents of the boogaloo ideology due to the significant presence of US law enforcement entities, and the wide range of First Amendment-Protected events hosted there.”

“Recent events indicate violent adherents of the boogaloo ideology likely reside in the National Capital Region, and others may be willing to travel far distances to incite civil unrest of conduct violence encouraged in online forums associated with the movement,” the NTIC’s assessment said, according to Politico.

Another note, dated June 20 from the Department of Homeland Security, said that “domestic terrorists advocating for the boogaloo very likely will take advantage of …read more

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