Facebook said Tuesday that it had shut down pages and accounts associated with what it said was a hate group, whose members were discussing bringing weapons to the protests that are happening across the country.
The company said it had observed people associated with the group American Guard discussing such action.The group says it is about American constitutional nationalism, but the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says American Guard “has a background with connections to anti-immigrant extremism, hatred, and violence.
Indeed, before the American Guard was the American Guard, it was actually the Indiana chapter of a group called the Soldiers of Odin USA, a branch of an extreme anti-immigrant and anti-refugee group that originated in Finland in 2015 and has spread to many other countries.
“Facebook said it had also taken down accounts linked to the far-right group Proud Boys, though it said it had not seen posts from that group discussing weaponry. The company said it had been planning on taking action against both groups, but had expedited the process when they saw how the groups were discussing the protests.
Staff who work as part of the company’s teams combating dangerous and inauthentic organizations that operate on the platform spoke to CNN on Tuesday. The staff said the company would take action on people using the platform to organize violence regardless of their political affiliation.