Facebook deactivates almost 200 accounts linked to hate groups

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Facebook has removed almost 200 accounts connected to white supremacist groups. That was trying to rally supporters to attend protests over police violence against black people.

The question linked from two hate groups Facebook, already banned, the Proud Boys, and the American Guard.

Demonstrations continue over the weekend across the US. Spurred by the May 25th death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Authorities have fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with second-degree murder in Floyd’s death.

After a video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck as other officers looked on. Other officers, who also fired, have charged with aiding and abetting murder.

Facebook been monitoring, accounts, and started to see posts encouraging people to attend protests. In-person some were preparing to go with weapons.

The company didn’t provide details about where the account users. Were located, or what specifically they may have planned to do at the protests.

Last week Facebook said it would limit the spread of groups. And pages on its platform connected to the term “boogaloo.” Which some far-right groups use to refer to a supposedly forthcoming second American Civil War.