Facebook removes election misinformation pages tied to Steve Bannon - 2020-11-11
Facebook has removed a series of pages linked to former Trump advisor Steve Bannon. The pages were removed after nonprofit organization Avaaz flagged them as spreading — and artificially amplifying — election-related misinformation under the "Stop The Steal" tag.
Facebook confirmed to The New York Times that it removed "several clusters of activity" late last week "for using inauthentic behavior tactics to artificially boost how many people saw their content." That included pages tied to Bannon as well as a "Stop the Steal" group that lured Trump supporters into joining and then changed the title to "Gay Communists for Socialism." Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone says the group "misled people about its purpose using deceptive tactics."
Avaaz says the network had a total of 2.45 million followers and its pages were linked through administrators, including Bannon and Brian Kolfage, his alleged co-conspirator in a fraud scheme. As Gizmodo explains, the pages pushed links to right-wing aggregation site Populist Press, apparently evading flags that Facebook had placed on the original URLs.