Meta takes down hundreds of accounts from both Facebook and Instagram | Facebook takes down hundreds of accounts | Meta takes down hundreds of accounts associated with Proud Boys
Facebook, Instagram’s Parent Company Meta takes down hundreds of accounts associated with Proud Boys from Facebook, Instagram
Meta announced on 25 Aug that they recently removed 480 Facebook and Instagram accounts, pages, and groups that are associated with the Proud Boys.
The reason behind this takedown is violating the platforms’ ban on the far-right extremist group.
‘Proud Boys’ is an extremist group and which banned by Facebook and Instagram in 2018.
Enrique Tarrio is the ‘Proud Boys’ leader. He and along with four other members of the group were charged by the Justice Department in June for seditious conspiracy related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Meta is the parent company of both platforms. So it is banned by Meta too.
Many of the pages Meta recently removed represented themself as so-called “front groups” that hid their affiliation with the Proud Boys.
They would “appear benign,” a Meta spokesperson told but they were in fact “attempting to direct people off the platform to facilitate discussion, recruitment, and organizing” for the extremist group Proud Boys.
Meta Counterterrorism Policy Lead Dina Hussein’s Tweet on this issue “While there’s no silver bullet here, our approach is impacting these dangerous organisations, and we can see adversaries trying harder to hide their affiliation & change tactics”.
Meta spokesperson said, “The change in adversarial tactics makes it clear this group is aware that we’re tracking them and enforcing against them”.
The spokesperson said that they regularly refine and check their content to keep our platforms and communities safe and prevent them from malicious groups like the Proud Boys who attempt to abuse our platforms to cause offline harm and violence.
The tool allows Meta to study how groups attempt to bypass the company’s detection systems, the spokesperson said.
the spokesperson says “The takedown of Proud Boys content represents just a tiny fraction of the company’s recent enforcement efforts”.
“In the second quarter of 2022, Meta removed 2.3 million pieces of Facebook content related to organized hate, and 449,000 on Instagram” the company added