Facebook targets ‘stop the steal’ content and says Trump ban may be permanent

Facebook targets ‘stop the steal’ content and says Trump ban may be permanent

Company places limits on phrase behind false election claims as Sheryl Sandberg says she’s ‘glad’ president was blocked

Facebook is cracking down on content using the phrase “stop the steal”, the rallying cry of Donald Trump supporters who claim without evidence that there was voter fraud in the 2020 elections.

Content supporting the “stop the steal” movement will be removed from the platform, while posts containing the phrase to either condemn it or discuss the topic neutrally will be allowed to remain.

The policy change is the latest effort to target misinformation and the incitement of violence on Facebook, after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday. Social media platforms such as Facebook have traditionally taken a light touch to policing speech posted by politicians, maintaining that people have a right to see statements from their leaders.