Facebook removing all ‘stop the steal posts”

Facebook will remove all content from its platform that bears the phrase “stop the steal”.

The new policy will also include content on Facebook subsidiary, Instagram, the company said in a statement.

“Stop the steal” is a popular slogan used by US President Donald Trump’s supporters that falsely alleges widespread voter fraud in the recent elections.  

“We removed the original “Stop the Steal” group in November and have continued to remove pages, groups, and events that violate any of our policies, including calls for violence,” Facebook said.

“We’ve been allowing robust conversations related to the election outcome and that will continue. But with continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in DC, we’re taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration,” it added.

Trump had previously endorsed the slogan, telling supporters at a rally before they stormed congress that “fight like hell” to “stop the steal,”.

Facebook says the policy has already been implemented, and while it says a “significant number of posts” have already been removed, it noted the effort would take time to be fully enforced.