Facebook removes accounts associated with the ‘boogaloo’ movement

Facebook Co-Founder, President and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House office building on Capitol Hill on April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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Facebook announced Tuesday that it had removed a network of accounts, groups and pages associated with the extreme right-wing extremist movement known as “boogaloo.”

Facebook chose to remove the boogaloo network for violating its “Dangerous People and Organizations” policy, which prohibits “any organization or people who proclaim a violent mission or are involved in violence from having a presence on Facebook.” The term boogaloo refers to American extremists who advocate a violent uprising and want a second civil war.

“As long as violent movements operate in the physical world, they will seek to exploit digital platforms,” ​​Facebook said in a blog post. “We are intensifying our efforts against this network and we know that there is still more to do.”

The company removed 220 accounts, 95 Instagram accounts, 28 pages, and 106 groups on the boogaloo network, as well as an additional 400 groups and 100 pages that hosted similar content.

The removal of Facebook from this network occurs when dozens of companies have suspended advertising on social networks in protest of hate speech and misinformation that persists on Facebook. The list of companies involved in the boycott includes Coca-Cola. Starbucks and Volkswagen, among many others.