According to foreign media reports,As of Thursday morning local time, a large group on Facebook called stop the steel was organizing rallies and fundraising to challenge election results across the United States.Before Facebook deleted the group on Thursday afternoon, it had more than 300000 members in 48 hours.
A Facebook spokesman said in a statement: "based on the special measures we have taken during this escalation of tension, we have removed the 'stop the steal' group, which is creating real events. The organization is organized around the illegitimacy of the electoral process, and we have seen alarming calls for violence from its members. "
A Stop the Steal group set up on Wednesday was drawn down after accusations that Democrats were plotting to steal election misinformation from President Donald Trump for the 2020 presidential election. Earlier thursday, Mother Jones reported that the group appeared to be organized by republican staff and others associated with the tea party. A Women for America First) organization also appears to be involved. According to Mother Jones, the organization was founded in 2019 to protest against Trump's imminent impeachment. One of the co-founders of Women for America First organization Amy Kremer a former tea party activist.
Over the past week, conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election have proliferated on platforms such as Facebook and twitter. In the stop the steel Facebook group, there are many posts supporting some of the lies that have been exposed.
Before Facebook removed the group on Thursday, Posts encouraged users to visit StolenElection.us 。 There, users are asked to add their names to a mailing list in case the Facebook group is removed. According to Mother Jones, the website is registered with a conservative digital service called Liberty lab.