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Facebook is Throwing a Fit About Anti-Lockdown Groups

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After President Donald Trump called on Americans to “LIBERATE VIRGINIA” on Twitter last month, a number of Facebook groups have emerged in solidarity with Trump and against Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s draconian lock down policies.

According to a Bloomberg report, these “Facebook groups focused on violent anti-government uprisings.”

It added:

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To get their message across, these groups are exploiting loopholes in Facebook anti-violence policies — using satire, code words and other tactics that mask their motives, according to experts who follow fringe groups on social media. One of the more common such phrases is “boogaloo,” which can refer to a kind of music but more recently has come to describe a pending civil war.

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Because of this allegedly insurrectionist behavior that is being encouraged online, Facebook currently faces unique challenges.

Bloomberg highlighted one of these challenges:

Facebook’s efforts to fight everything from Covid-19 misinformation to animal trafficking have been made more difficult by the company’s push into more private, encrypted communication, which can make some illicit activity almost impossible to detect — a trade-off that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said he’s willing to accept. And though Facebook has delayed other content moderation to focus on pandemic-related material, Facebook groups have continued to promote fake cures and protests to reopen states that could violate social distancing mandates.

One movement that Facebook higher-ups are worrying about is the so-called “boogaloo” movement.

Facebook’s challenge has been highlighted by the lockdown protests — a fringe movement that the “boogaloo” and other far-right groups have leveraged as a recruiting tool, experts say. Between February and April, the number of boogaloo Facebook groups grew from about 75 to 125, according to an April report by the Tech Transparency Project. Membership doubled to 70,000 in a monthlong period ending in late April, according to the report.

“The platforms’ own practices and design create these loopholes that allow disinformation conspiracy theories and radicalizations to exist. What you’re seeing with boogaloo is an example of that,” stated Karen Kornbluh, senior fellow and director at the Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative at the German Marshall Fund. “They are able to pretty clearly violate the terms of service through such simple, obvious strategies, which shows that there’s a lot of tightening up that can be done.”

On May 1, Facebook and Instagram updated their violence and incitement policy to ban the usage of booglaoo terms when they are used along with statements and images portraying armed violence, according to a spokeswoman.

Broadly speaking, Facebook is stepping up its removal of content “connected to organized hate” per a May 12 blog post. The social media company claimed that it removed 4.7 million pieces of said content from January through March. This represented a removal of 3 million more pieces of content than it conducted in the previous quarter.

Facebook is chasing ghosts.

Boogaloo is mostly used in jest among people in right-wing spaces. Yes, there is political discontent in America, but there’s no appetite for insurrection.

Facebook should watch out for actual incitements to violence, but they won’t find much of it that presents a credible threat among the boogaloo crowd.

 

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Mexican Government Reported that Nearly 80,000 People are Still Missing

Mexico Spirals Out of Control While Joe Biden Promises Mass Amnesty

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According to a report released by the Mexican government on November 25, 2020, over 79,500 people are still missing in Mexico.

This comes in the backdrop of Mexico’s infamous military offensive against drug cartels in 2006. Since the erstwhile president Felipe’s military offensive against drug cartels, the number of missing people in Mexico has skyrocketed.

Before 2006, there were 1,500 disappearances in Mexico, per statistics that Deputy Human Rights Minister Alejandro Encina put forward. Since July, there have been roughly 6,300 new cases reported.

Encina observed, however, that the number of disappearances have dropped since 2019.

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Mexico is notorious for its alarming levels of violence, which is largely perpetuated by organized crime. In 2019, 34,582 people were murdered. So far in 2020, 26,431 people have been murdered from January to September. 

Encinas claimed that Mexican authorities have discovered 1,399 mass graves in Mexico over the past two years. Of the 2,290 bodies discovered in the graves, 879 have been identified.

Mexico is not in good shape and that’s putting it lightly. America at least recognized this with Donald Trump in office. Trump was elected on an America First platform which stressed tough policies on the border and was not willing tolerate mass immigration like his predecessors.

Sadly, the apparent president-Joe Biden is more concerned with trying to pass mass amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens and freezing deportations for 100 days.

Securing our Southern border is a recognition of the cold, hard truth that Mexico is falling apart, and it’s institutional and social rot could potentially make its way up north. Much to America’s chagrin, the next occupant of the White House will likely not recognize that. Should fraud allegations fail to invalidate the current results of  the 2020 elections, America First patriots must act accordingly and make immigration a massive issue during the 2022 midterms, both in the primaries and general election.

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