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Technology Facebook bans 'boogaloo' accounts and Pages linked to violence

23:55  30 june  2020
23:55  30 june  2020 Source:   engadget.com

Facebook will verify identities for suspiciously popular accounts

  Facebook will verify identities for suspiciously popular accounts Facebook has been verifying the identities of Page managers for a while in its quest to stamp out misinformation, but now it’s shifting that attention to individual accounts. The social network will now verify the identities of people behind profiles that both have a “pattern of inauthentic behavior” and whose posts “rapidly go viral” in the US. This could determine if a suspiciously popular account is really part of a propaganda campaign, to put it another way. Facebook logo is seen displayed on smartphone in this illustration photo taken Krakow, Poland on March 10, 2020.

Facebook isn’t just limiting the spread of “boogaloo” groups on its platform — it’s tossing many of those groups out. The social media giant has banned accounts and pages from the pro-civil-war group after deeming a violent network that breaks the company’s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy. Facebook primarily removed 220 accounts, 106 groups, 28 pages and 95 Instagram accounts as part of a “strategic network disruption.” Another 400 groups and 100 Pages were pulled for hosting related material that was maintained by accounts outside of the network.

a close up of a logo: BRAZIL - 2020/06/29: In this photo illustration the Facebook logo seen displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) BRAZIL - 2020/06/29: In this photo illustration the Facebook logo seen displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The company said it had always deleted boogaloo content that explicitly advocated violence, including 800 posts over the past two months. It also limited the reach of groups and pages by taking them out of recommendations. However, it has since decided that much of the movement is inherently violent. It’s “actively promoting” violence against civilians, government officials and police, Facebook said, and there have been multiple real-world attacks in recent months.

The bans may spark more of an uproar than usual. They effectively place many boogaloo supporters in the same category as hate groups. While there are clearly violent boogaloo members, it’s also known to have a relatively varied base that includes some non-violent critics of the government.

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