Facebook withdraws accounts from far-right American group Patriot Prayer

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For weeks, supporters of Donald Trump, including members of supremacist groups such as the Proud Boys or the Patriot Prayer, have been challenging the activists of the anti-racist movement Black Lives Matter.

Facebook said, Friday, September 4, to have removed on its platform and on Instagram, the accounts of the American group of extreme right Patriot Prayer, implied in violence in Portland for weeks.

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In this large city in the northwest of the United States, demonstrators have been protesting relentlessly against police brutality since the death of black forty-something George Floyd under the knee of a white policeman in Minneapolis in late May. But for weeks, supporters of Donald Trump, including members of supremacist groups such as the Proud Boys or the Patriot Prayer, have regularly challenged the activists of the anti-racist movement Black Lives Matter.

A member of the Patriot Prayer was shot dead on Saturday. The suspect of the crime, who claimed to be “100% Antifa”, died five days later when arrested by federal forces.

Facebook said it had removed the group’s pages in accordance with a recent update to its policy to better curb the spread of movements inciting hatred and violence. In mid-August, the social media giant banned or imposed restrictions on thousands of far-right accounts, notably linked to the “QAnon” movement, a set of conspiratorial theories propagated mainly by supporters of Donald Trump.

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“We have seen movements grow which, although they do not directly organize violence, celebrate violent acts, show they have weapons and suggest they are going to use them, or have fans susceptible to violent behavior. “, had explained the Californian group in a press release.

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