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Facebook bans 'STOP THE STEAL' group Trump allies were using to organize protests against vote counting

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President Donald Trump’s allies have turned to Facebook and other social media sites in an effort to spark nationwide protests against the 2020 election, thrusting some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful organizing tools into a contest over the legitimacy of American democracy.

The campaign and its aides have relied on a network of new and existing Facebook pages, groups and events - some of which have garnered hundreds of thousands of members - to rally people in public this week around a baseless conspiracy theory that Democratic candidate Joe Biden is attempting to ”steal” the election. Some of the efforts promoted in places like Pennsylvania and Arizona specifically target vote-counting centers, threatening disruptions while ballot-tallying is still underway...

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