Facebook has placed at least 986 groups from the platform in a list of prohibited “militarized social movements”, according to internal documents of the that went published by The Intercept. Apparently, there is a scale of militia organization on the social network.

'Military social movements' are part of Facebook's list of 'dangerous individuals and organizations'. The term refers to armed groups that promote conflict, as well as groups that support violence or looting in protests.

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Facebook's list includes white supremacist bands, hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan and branches of al Qaeda, as well as other global terrorist organizations. Therefore, everyone is prohibited from maintaining pages, groups or profiles on the service. 

Also, categories are classified into layers. That is, level 1 includes terrorist and hate groups, and Facebook users are not allowed to express praise or support, while level 2 includes “violent non-state actors” such as armed rebels. Level 3 does not have comparable restrictions on how the users discuss them.

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In October 2020, the company identified 600 militarized social movements and removed some 2.400 pages and 14.200 groups they maintain. Facebook reported that it removed 1.700 pages and 5.600 groups associated with QAnon, which is the militarized social movement.

“This is an adversarial space, so we try to be as transparent as possible while prioritizing safety, limiting legal risks and avoiding opportunities for groups to circumvent our rules,” concluded Brian's Director of Dangerous Organizations and Counterterrorism Policy Fishman.

Source: The Verge