Facebook bans use of 'Boogaloo' that hints towards potential US civil war

Facebook bans use of 'Boogaloo' that hints towards potential US civil war

The social media giant, Facebook, is actively working towards ending Facebook accounts that are using the term "Boogaloo," which refers to a potential US civil war or the collapse of civilization.

Facebook will no longer recommend such groups to members of similar associations, a spokeswoman for the world`s largest social media network said.

According to the FBI's criminal complaint, out of three men, who were charged for plotting violence at a Las Vegas anti-racism protest, two had participated in Boogaloo groups on Facebook.

Facebook banned the usage of the term "Boogaloo" and related words after few researchers and media observed that the term "Boogaloo" was usually being accompanied by talks of taking up arms and promoting protests to "liberate" states from coronavirus restrictions.

However, participants of the infamous term are now coming up with similar terms to avoid Facebook's scrutiny. Terms such as "Big Igloo" or "Big Luau" are now becoming popular for all the similar wrong reasons. While the terms have changed, discussions on future wars and weapons remain the same.

The majority of these interactions are coming from people who identify with white nationalist groups or militias, according to researchers. Some of them are also gun-rights advocates, while others are anti-government protesters or apparent supporters of Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality.

Facebook said the politics of Boogaloo members it looked into "ran the gamut" from right to left.

Facebook has stated it will take strict actions to stop any such activity happening on their social media platform.

Source: Reuters

Published on: Jun 05, 2020 14:36:05

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