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More violence planned as extreme rightwing groups draw Trump backersActing US homeland security secretary Chad Wolf resignsSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 11.55am GMT Facebook is cracking down on content using the ‘stop the steal’ phrase behind false US election claims and the firm’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, has said she’s “glad” Donald Trump was blocked.In this moment the risk to our democracy was too big. We felt we had to take the unprecedented step of what is an indefinite ban, and I’m glad we did. We’ve said at least through the transition, but we have no plans to lift it. There’s obviously so much happening, and this is such a big step. We will definitely let people know and be very transparent about any changes to that. 11.51am GMT Until it was taken offline, Parler was one refuge of those fleeing Twitter and Facebook in the wake of their suspensions of Donald Trump’s accounts. Malaika Jabali writes for us this morning about the service, saying: I’ve been on Parler. It’s a cesspit of thinly veiled racism and hate:I joined Parler in November, before various tech companies announced plans to take it offline. It didn’t take long to find a bevy of hashtags and posts romanticizing civil war. By late November, there were over 10,000 posts that included the hashtag #civilwar and its variants. The person who posted “Civil war is coming” was replying to a post by Wayne Root, a conservative media personality with more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. Root leveled the same unproven accusations of voter fraud as Donald Trump, using the same calls for battle that white power groups heeded in their storming of the US Capitol the first week of 2021.While some on the far right will probably retreat into the shadows cast by polling booths and hidden by exit polling data that obscures Trump’s popularity, many have not. Any perception of progress for Black people, even if this progress does not substantively exist, perpetuates violence against us and our perceived allies like leftists, Marxists and Democrats – all named by Parler posters as opposing parties in this hypothetical civil war). Related: I’ve been on Parler. It’s a cesspit of thinly veiled racism and hate | Malaika Jabali Continue reading…

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