Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Facebook and Stephen Bannon.
Facebook took down a network of pages tied to President Trump’s former chief strategist Stephen Bannon for pushing misinformation about voter fraud and delegitimizing election results. Bannon’s page also incurred penalties, including not being allowed to post content, but was not removed from Facebook.
The seven pages, which had a total of over 2.45 million followers and had pushed the “Stop the Steal” messaging that alleges election fraud, were flagged for Facebook by the liberal group Avaaz on Friday night.
This move comes after Bannon was permanently banned from Twitter after saying that Trump should execute Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert. Facebook had also removed two videos from his page for inciting violence.
“We’ve removed several clusters of activity for using inauthentic behavior tactics to artificially boost how many people saw their content,” said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone. “That includes a Group that was originally named ‘Stop the Steal’ which later became ‘Gay Communists for Socialism’ and misled people about its purpose using deceptive tactics.”
Bannon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.