Facebook bans accounts linked to anti-government US ‘boogaloo’ movement

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first_imgFacebook Inc stepped up the battle against the amorphous anti-government “boogaloo” movement on Tuesday, banning accounts of adherents who encouraged violence during recent anti-racism protests across the United States.The social media company for the first time designated a subset of boogaloo followers as a dangerous organization, marking them for the same sanctions Facebook applies to 250 white supremacist groups and organizations it categorizes as supporting terrorism around the world.The move came four days after Attorney General William Barr established a Justice Department task force to counter violent anti-government extremists including boogaloo as well as the left-wing antifa movement. Two men inspired by the boogaloo movement were charged in California in the killing of a courthouse guard during a night of nearby protests.In Las Vegas, three people who prosecutors say are members of the boogaloo movement were arrested and charged with planning to incite violence and destruction during protests.Evidence of US law enforcement’s concern over boogaloo emerged in hacked documents published June 19 by the leaks site Distributed Denial of Secrets. Dozens of analysis documents concluded that the term is used by racially motivated and far-right actors encouraging violence against police.The Southern Poverty Law Center advocacy group said the term boogaloo “is regularly deployed by white nationalists and neo-Nazis who want to see society descend into chaos so that they can come to power and build a new fascist state.”Fast-changing symbolsInstead of using widely known symbols, boogaloo imagery evolves rapidly, even shedding the word boogaloo in favor of homonyms like big igloo and big luau — and then adopting new symbols like igloos and Hawaiian shirts.”Members of this network seek to recruit others within the broader boogaloo movement, sharing the same content online and adopting the same offline appearance as others in the movement to do so,” Facebook said.The company said it anticipated a complicated cycle of objections, evasions and evolutions as some of the banned account holders come back under new names.Before Facebook’s move, Reuters spoke with two administrators of a boogaloo Facebook page called Big Igloo Bois, created about a year ago, which has nearly 37,000 followers. Both are military veterans, one in his 40s from Pennsylvania and the second in his 30s from North Carolina.Speaking on condition of anonymity, they rejected accusations that the boogaloo movement is extremist or violent.”We’re vehemently opposed to the idea of using violence to get your point across. We get kind of shoehorned into the idea of being violent extremists because we support the Second Amendment,” one of the administrators said in reference to the US Constitution’s right to bear arms.The Justice Department in a memo to law enforcement and prosecutors said extremists including boogaloo adherents had committed acts of violence.”Some pretend to profess a message of freedom and progress, but they are in fact forces of anarchy, destruction, and coercion,” Barr said.The Big Igloo Bois Facebook account appeared to have been among those taken down on Tuesday. Last week, one of the group’s administrators said: “Everyday I’m happy that we’re still on Facebook.” Topics :center_img The boogaloo movement’s name is inspired by the 1984 breakdancing film “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.” Followers suggest that, just as the movie was a sequel, any coming conflict would be the sequel to the American Civil War.”This violent network is banned from having a presence on our platform and we will remove content praising, supporting or representing it,” Facebook said in a blog post. “It is actively promoting violence against civilians, law enforcement and government officials and institutions.”Facebook said it its policy was a blunt instrument that included removing praise for the banned network and shared pictures, so that many who thought posts were funny will also see their material taken down. The targeted network includes 106 Facebook groups and 220 accounts, and another 400 groups were also removed for hosting similar content.Prosecutors have linked boogaloo followers to several violent incidents during the recent wave of protests across the United States following the May police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.last_img read more


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first_img[Jen Small/ The Badger Herald] Junior Deme Morales had a big weekend, recording a team high 17 kills and 13 digs in UW’s Friday matchup with Kansas.The Wisconsin volleyball team came in as not only host to, but as a favorite to win the InnTowner Invitational. The Badgers started play Friday against Kansas with a perfect 6-0 record and a new No. 25 ranking. Although they finished second with a 2-1 record for the tournament, UW had to fight through injuries to get to that point. After losing senior Annemarie Hickey earlier in the week, and juniors Courtney Thomas and Dominique Thompson playing through injuries, the Badgers needed someone to step up.That someone was junior Deme Morales.Filling in as outside hitter for the injured Hickey, Morales began her explosive weekend Friday, recording a team high 17 kills and 13 digs. She set career highs in both of those categories as well total attacks, 47, and blocks, four. Head coach Kelly Sheffield was happy with the way Morales stepped up on such short notice.“We had to change our lineup about 48 hours ago,” Sheffield said after losing Hickey for the weekend. “I thought Deme Morales was really, really good tonight. She’s a warrior, has a heart of a lion.”“It felt awesome,” Morales said on having such a big Friday night. “I know I need to get that going sooner if we want our team to excel.”And excel is what Morales and the rest of the Badgers did Saturday. Bouncing back from the loss to Kansas, UW had a four set win over Milwaukee and a three set win against Bowling Green to close out the tournament with a record of 2-1.Saturday, Morales continued her strong performance with 12 kills and 13 digs against Milwaukee, before closing out the tournament with another eight kills and eight digs against Bowling Green. Her three game performance earned her all-tournament honors alongside teammate, junior setter Ellen Chapman.After such a promising weekend from Morales, she will be looking to build on her performance as the team heads into its final nonconference tournament this weekend and Big Ten play. Effort and being a team player will help her do that.“Selling out every game,” Morales said about how she’ll continue her success for the rest of the season. “Trying to help out my teammates and be as much of a team player as I can be every single game.”Carlini makes home debutThe InnTowner Invitational was also the first chance for Badger fans in Madison to see 2012 Gatorade National Player of the Year Lauren Carlini. The freshman setter led the Badgers with 44 assists per game and managed to add on 14 digs per game. Despite playing in earlier games this season, Carlini was anxious to play her first game at the Field House.“I usually don’t get butterflies before I play, but today I definitely had some butterflies…not in a nervous way, just anxious,” Carlini said. “The crowd especially was amazing, and the atmosphere felt awesome.”Carlini’s presence was especially felt in the second game against Milwaukee as she turned in a 50-kill, 20-dig performance. Sheffield was happy with how Carlini played but knows she has some things to work on as well.“I thought she had her moments where she was really good, and then there were other moments where she looks like it was her third college match,” Sheffield said. “She’s awfully, awfully talented. She and I will watch some film, and there will be some things that she wished she hadn’t done, but that’s part of the growing process.”After the tournament was over, Sheffield raved about Carlini’s work ethic.“[Carlini] is a perfectionist, she wants to be great,” Sheffield said. “She studies the game. We had two matches today and she’s up there watching film of not just opponents, but studying herself. She was in video; probably watched two or three hours of video today on top of the two matches. She’s trying to be really good.”If the InnTowner Tournament is any indication, Carlini could become a crucial cog in the team as they look to begin a challenging Big Ten schedule in the coming weeks.last_img read more