Dangerous Militia Groups Are Organizing On Facebook Nationwide

After the January 6 riots at the Capitol in 2021, Facebook made promises to crack down on militia groups organizing violent activity on its platforms. However, according to a report released this week from the nonprofit Tech Transparency Project, over 200 militia groups and profiles are still operating in the open on Facebook.

While Facebook has a ban on these groups, including a militia network called the Three Percenters, researchers discovered that they’re still communicating on the platform without consequence.

“Many of these groups are no longer fractured sets of localized militia but coalitions formed between multiple militia groups, many with Three Percenters at the helm,” Tech Transparency Project director Katie Paul told Wired. “Facebook remains the largest gathering place for extremists and militia movements to cast a wide net and funnel users to more private chats, including on the platform, where they can plan and coordinate with impunity.”

After this report was released, Facebook thankfully took action and removed some of these militia organizations. However, it shouldn’t take media attention to force the company into enforcing its own policies. Hopefully it gets better at cracking down on its own, but if history is any indication, that may be unrealistic to expect.




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