As of Thursday morning local time, a large group on Facebook called Stop The Steal was organizing rallies and fundraisers to challenge election results across the United States,media reported. Before Facebook removed the group on Thursday afternoon, it had accumulated more than 300,000 members in 48 hours.
A Facebook spokesman said in a statement: “In accordance with the special measures we have taken during this escalation of tensions, we have removed the ‘Stop the Steal’ group that is creating real events. The organization was organized around the illegalization of the electoral process, and we have seen worrying calls for violence from its members. “
It is understood that the Stop the Steal panel, which was set up on Wednesday, was removed after allegations that Democrats were plotting to steal election misrepons from President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Earlier Thursday, Mother Jones reported that the group appeared to have been organized by Republican staffers and others associated with the Tea Party. The group also appears to be related to an organization called Woming for America First. The group was founded in 2019 to protest Trump’s impending impeachment, According to Mother Jones. Amy Kremer, co-founder of Women for America First, is a former Tea Party activist.
Conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election have been flooding platforms such as Facebook and Twitter over the past week. In the Stop the Steal Facebook group, there are many posts that support some of the false claims that have been debunked.
Before Facebook removed the group on Thursday, the post encouraged users to visit StolenElection.us. There, users are asked to add their names to a mailing list in case Facebook’s groups are removed. According to Mother Jones, the site’s web site was registered with a conservative digital service called Liberty Lab.