Delete Facebook Trending on Twitter; Motivated by Lack of Due Diligence on Kenosha Militia Group and QAnon Censorship

Facebook employees on Thursday, August 27, 2020 announced they were frustrated with CEO Mark Zuckerberg after a companywide meeting when Zuckerberg was speaking via webcast at the company’s weekly all-hands meeting. Zuckerberg was answering questions about information Facebook content related to violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the QAnon so-called conspiracy that a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring that is battled by President Donald Trump.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called the failure to remove the Kenosha Guard from Facebook prior to the shooting deaths as an “Operational Mistake.”

Following the fatal shooting of two rioters — who some on social media are classifying as part of a group of peaceful protesters — Facebook has removed the Kenosha Guard Facebook page and event page for violating Facebook’s new policy addressing militia groups. Facebook has also removed Kenosha homicide suspect Kyle Rittenhouse’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and any other pages that appear under his name. Rittenhouse is a 17 year-old resident of Antioch, Illinois who is on record saying he was in Kenosha to prevent rioters from destroying property.

“We’ve designated this shooting as a mass murder and have removed the shooter’s accounts from Facebook and Instagram. At this time, we have not found evidence on Facebook that suggests the shooter followed the Kenosha Guard Page or that he was invited on the Event Page they organized.”

— Facebook spokesperson

Employees are questioning Zuckerberg’s leadership and decision-making, following a week in which the Facebook platform allegedly allowed a communications platform to exist for a militia group in Kenosha, and the promotion of violent conspiracy theories and QAnon conspiracy content.

The meeting came one day after the Verge reported that a self-proclaimed militia group calling itself “Kenosha Guard” had used its Facebook page to issue a “call to arms” — violating Facebook’s own policies — and remained online even though at least two people reported it before the shooting. It also followed weeks of employee unrest, in which the company’s rank and file have urged the CEO to combat the spread of QAnon-related content on its platform.

On May 5, 2020, Facebook announced the social media company removed 5 Pages, 20 Facebook accounts, and 6 Groups that originated in the US and focused domestically. Facebook reported their investigation linked activity to individuals associated with the QAnon network known to spread fringe conspiracy theories. Facebook found the activity as part of internal investigations into suspected coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB) ahead of the 2020 election in the United States.




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Polarization of the shooting incident involves opinions ranging from Rittenhouse acting in self-defense against “dangerous rioters” to intentional homicide of “peaceful protesters.”