Facebook parent removes large Proud Boys network from sites

Facebook parent Meta said it removed a network of accounts linked to the Proud Boys, a far-right group it banned in 2018.

Meta said on Thursday it recently discovered and deleted about 480 Facebook and Instagram accounts, pages and groups related to the Proud Boys. That brought the total number of Proud Boys assets he removed to around 750 this year, he said.

Although the group was banned from Meta’s platforms, the company said it witnessed repeated attempts by its members to evade the ban. The people behind the efforts don’t openly identify as Proud Boys, create front groups and use Facebook or Instagram to direct people to other less moderate platforms, he said.

Such tactics are commonly used by extremist groups and those spreading disinformation when trying to evade repression by social media companies.

While the Proud Boys and other extremist groups have occasionally found homes on smaller internet platforms that cater to right-wing audiences, none come close to the reach of Meta properties, where they can recruit members. easier.

The former leader of the Proud Boys and other members of the group were charged this summer with attacking the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio and four others have been charged with a seditious conspiracy in what authorities say is a conspiracy to forcibly oppose the legal transfer of presidential power during the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021.

The seditious conspiracy indictment alleges that the Proud Boys held meetings and communicated via encrypted messages to plan the attack in the days leading up to January 6. On the day of the riot, members of the Proud Boys carried out a coordinated plot to storm the police. barricaded and attacked the building with a crowd of Trump supporters, according to the indictment.

The trial is due to begin on December 12.

(Disclaimer: This story is auto-generated from a syndicated feed; only image and title may have been reworked by www.republicworld.com)