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Facebook removes group pushing false narrative that election is being stolen

The so-called Stop the Steal 2020 group had amassed more than 300,000 users, but it was taken down by Facebook on Thursday.

In a statement sent to BuzzFeed News, the company cited real-world events the group was inspiring that could lead to potential violence. "In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the Group 'Stop the Steal,' which was creating real-world events," the statement read. "The group was organized around the delegitimization of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group."

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Other groups quickly popped up in its place, including a group called Stop the Steal 2.0 that amassed hundreds of followers within 30 minutes of its creation.

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