One-sided move: Facebook shuts down fast-growing ‘Stop the Steal’ group

One-sided move: Facebook shuts down fast-growing ‘Stop the Steal’ group
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[Ed. – Facebook didn’t do this when groups immediately started organizing anti-Trump protests — via Facebook — the day after the 2016 election.  The one-sidedness of this is mind-bogglingly blatant.]

The company announced the new measures to limit the spread of false and possibly dangerous content on Thursday, hours after it took down a fast-growing group called “Stop the Steal” that was organizing protests of vote counts around the country.

The takedown of the group was the most aggressive yet by the social-media giant to police the debate over the election results. The additional measures go even farther.

The company will restrict the spread of live video on its platforms and slow down the virality of content that its algorithms classify as potential misinformation. The steps are similar to emergency measures that the company has put in place in what it calls “at-risk countries” such as Myanmar, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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