Facebook on Thursday shut down a massive group with more than 348,000 members that was spreading misinformation about voter fraud. The public group, called “STOP THE STEAL,” was pushing false claims that Democrats are trying to “steal” the US presidential election.
“In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the Group ‘Stop the Steal,’ which was creating real-world events.
The group was organized around the delegitimization of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
As I reported earlier, the Facebook group was launched by Republican operatives including Women For America First.