THE Facebook banned a “violent” and “anti-government” American network, with some ties to the far-right Boogaloo movement, whose supporters carried weapons in recent protests, the company said on Tuesday. The group is a facet of the movement Boogaloo, which seeks to commit acts of violence, announced Facebook in a blog post.
The move signifies the “most recent step in the commitment to ban people who proclaim a violent mission” from using the social platform, the company added.
The social media giant classified the movement in the category “dangerous individuals and organizations”.
“As a result, this violent network is prohibited from having a presence on our platform and we will remove the content that it praises, supports or represents,” said Facebook. “They actively promote violence against civilians, police and government officials and institutions,” said the social network.
Facebook indicated that removed 220 profiles, 95 Instagram accounts, 28 pages and 106 groups “that currently make up the network”, in addition to 400 other groups and more than 100 pages that hosted similar content.
In several protests against racism that arose after George’s assassination in late May Floyd, an African-American killed by a white policeman, authorities arrested militants linked to that group who had Molotov cocktails.
The term Boogaloo, a name for an Afro-Cuban musical style, has been used for several years on networks social in reference to a new civil war in the United States.
The movement, which is not overly organized or united, includes anti-government and pre-arms activists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
In early June, one of its members murdered two policemen in California, which worried the authorities.
Facebook said it recognized the first elements of this movement on its platform in 2012, but that it only started monitoring them from 2019.
The Floyd case and others of police abuse led to a profound policy review at companies and institutions in the United States, with social media facing more pressure than ever to eradicate racism and hate against minorities.