Facebook Has Been Profiting From Boogaloo Ads Promoting Civil War And Unrest

Facebook Has Been Profiting From Boogaloo Ads Promoting Civil War And Unrest

7/1/2020 1:55:00 AM

Facebook Has Been Profiting From Boogaloo Ads Promoting Civil War And Unrest

Facebook said on Tuesday it was banning content associated with the 'Boogaloo' extremist group. BuzzFeed News found the company has been running Boogaloo ads advocating for violence for months.

that it"emerged concurrently in antigovernment and white power online spaces in the early 2010s. In both of these communities, 'boogaloo' was frequently associated with racist violence and, in many cases, was an explicit call for race war."

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Facebook’s enforcement came after watchdog groups warned about right-wing extremist organizations organizing online under the Boogaloo moniker. In April, thefound 125 Facebook Groups with an aggregate of"tens of thousands of members" tied to the word “Boogaloo,” more than 60% of which had been created in the last three months.

And ads featuring Boogaloo keywords have been running on Facebook and Instagram for months.BuzzFeed News / ViaFacebook's Ad Library shows that Hoplite Armor, a body armor company, was able to advertise on the social network last year using hashtags including #Boogaloo and #CivilWar.

Body armor company Hoplite Armorran an adfor an “Aloha Combat Shirt and Plate Carrier GIVEAWAY” from Sept. 29 to Oct. 31 last year with the hashtags “#Boogaloo” and “#CivilWar.” (Some Boogaloo members have attempted to appropriate Hawaiian shirts because “Boogaloo” is a homophone for “big luau,” another popular phrase in the movement.)

According to Facebook’s analytics, that ad garnered between 1,000 and 2,000 impressions and was mainly shown to men between the ages of 25 and 34 in California, Texas, and New York. Hoplite Armor’s page spent $517 between May 2018 and today on political or social ads, according to the social network’s Ad Library, and continues to sell the body armor on Facebook. The combination aloha shirt and plate carrier retails for $249 through Facebook’s commerce tool.

Hoplite Armor did not return BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.In February, another Facebook page, “Boogaloo II,”advertised a"2A Strong" sweatshirt. The ad appeared to call for political gun violence:"Let's Keep Virginia 2A Strong,” it said. “Let's Keep Liberty, UnPerverted, By Bullet, Or Ballot, Shall Not Be Infringed."

That ad isn't active currently, but it reached more than 2,000 people, targeting residents of Virginia, where there had beena pro-gun rally at the state’s capitolthe month before.Throughout the spring, the Boogaloo movement has continued to gain momentum. Paul told BuzzFeed News that members have used recent police killings of Black Americans to recruit people who may sympathize with their anti-government views. The @docscustomknives ad, for instance, used the hashtags #BreonnaTaylor and #GeorgeFloyd.

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“It makes clear that these individuals are really trying to co-opt these movements to recruit supporters who may have issues with the government and authority,” she said. “It’s really signaling to that recruiting aspect that we’ve seen discussed in these private groups among Boogaloo supporters and organizers.

Facebook said earlier this monththat it would take steps to limit the spread of Boogaloo on the platform by limiting recommendations for related Facebook Groups.People who identify with the group claim the company is discriminating against them. An Instagram post on Monday from @docscustomknives — which ran the ad showing the dramatized killings of police — included screenshots appearing to show that Facebook had removed three of its posts for violating community guidelines and took down a version of the violent video ad.

One person commenting on the post called Facebook's actions a"crackdown.”The @docscustomknives account remains online, but its owner appears to have a backup plan should Facebook take it down: Someone set up @docscustomknives2 on Instagram, listing it as a “shopping & retail” account.

“If I’m posting here that means I got Waco’d or Instagram fucked me again,” the account’s bio reads. Read more: BuzzFeed »

eileenmcarey And Facebook still are profiting from hate pandering. They got rid of a couple hundred of the most aggregious that are a sliver of the tens of thousands of bigotry panderers and profiteers accounts on their platform. They’ed know, they’re one of them. Zuckerberg’s “Hot or not” algorithms have never changed Profit first, ethic$ last [ or Never]

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Facebook bans hundreds of accounts related to the Boogaloo extremist movementFacebook on Tuesday banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages that it said were linked to the Boogaloo movement, a loosely organized extremist collective whose members have occasionally shown up armed to racial justice and anti-quarantine protests around the country. Cool Facebook :3 CANT STOP THE BOOGALOO MOVEMENT! What the hell is the bongaloo movement? Why is CNN saying the bongaloo movement exists but denying that Antifa exists and is present in Seattle and Portland?

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