• The civil-rights group Muslim Advocates is accusing Facebook of long ignoring repeated warnings that militia and hate groups are promoting violence against Muslims.
  • Muslim Advocates published a timeline Wednesday of 10 instances since 2015 in which it said it alerted the company to militias and hate groups using Facebook events to organize armed anti-Muslim rallies.
  • “For more than five years Facebook has failed to stop this,” the group’s public-advocacy director said.
  • Facebook has come under fire twice in recent weeks for failing to enforce its own militia ban despite being warned about groups threatening violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon.
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Facebook has been reeling from criticism over its recent failures to keep violent militia and hate groups off its platform. In one case, the company was warned by users about a “call to arms” 455 times, and in another it failed to

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  • Facebook is cracking down on pages, groups, and Instagram accounts tied to the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory the social media giant announced on Wednesday.
  • The move is part of the platform’s broader action against “offline anarchist groups that support violent acts amidst protests, US-based militia organizations and QAnon.” That action ranges from limiting Facebook functionality to outright removal and losing access to Facebook.
  • QAnon supporters have used social media to spread false theories that elites, Democratic Party leaders, and the so-called “Deep State” are all conspiring on a variety of nefarious acts, from pedophilia to mind control. 
  • The conspiracy theory has become particularly popular among President Trump’s supporters. Trump has repeatedly accused social media companies, including Facebook, of censoring him and his supporters.
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Facebook is taking broad action on a variety of groups that it describes as posing “significant risks to public safety,”

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