The “Stop the Steal” group reached nearly 350,000 members on Thursday afternoon before the social media giant stepped in.
“Given the exceptional measures we are taking in this time of tension, we have withdrawn the Stop the Steal + group, which organizes real-world events,” said a spokesman for the California group.
“This group was formed around the delegitimization of the electoral process and we have seen worrying calls for violence from some members of the group,” the spokesman added.
“Stop counting!” .
Twitter has covered nearly half of the Republican billionaire’s posts since Tuesday night’s election with a notification about the “deceptive” nature of the comments.
Facebook and Twitter anticipated the risk of misinformation and calls for violence if the outcome is delayed.
“It’s good to talk, but what to do concretely?” Said one of the users of the “Stop the Steal” group on Thursday morning.
The page belonged to a group called “Women for America First.”
Before the page became accessible, its description read: “Democrats are plotting to deprive Republicans of their vote. It’s up to us, the American people, to fight and stop them.”
Electoral misinformation quickly spread online as the country awaited results from several key states.
“This is the most intense online misinformation event in US history, and the pace of what we found has only accelerated since election day,” said Alex Stamos, a researcher at Stanford University who seeks disinformation.
It’s not just Twitter that cancels out or questions Donald Trump’s increasingly virulent and argumentless statements. Since last night, televisions have also begun to tax the US president’s statements. In an unprecedented move, several American television stations decided last night to interrupt the live broadcast of President Donald Trump’s statements, considering that he is misinforming the population. CNN has decided not to interrupt President Donald Trump’s microphone. “What a sad night for the United States to see its president (…) falsely accusing people of trying to steal the election,” the CNN presenter concluded.
Trump is losing more and more trust capital right inside the party. Several elected Republicans have been accused of “fraud” in elections launched by the US president.
Twitter has permanently suspended the account of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon after he suggested on Thursday that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the main US infectious disease expert, and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded .
He made these comments in a video posted on his Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts.
Bannon has erroneously claimed that the incumbent Republican president has won a new term, although votes still count in a few key states, and said Donald Trump should fire Fauci and Wray.
But then he said he would go further: “I would put their heads in spears. I would put them in two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. Either follow the agenda or leave.”
The comments were made during a live broadcast of Bannon’s online show, “War Room: Pandemic.”
The video was available on Bannon’s Facebook page for about 10 hours and was viewed nearly 200,000 times before the social network removed it, citing its harshness and incitement to violence.
Also Thursday, YouTube also removed the recording, saying it violates its “incitement to violence” policy.
Twitter said it had permanently suspended the account of Bannon’s ‘War Room’ podcast to glorify violence.