Facebook targets 'stop the steal' content and says Trump ban may be permanent

Company places limits on phrase behind false election claims as Sheryl Sandberg says she’s ‘glad’ president was blocked

Facebook is cracking down on content using the phrase “stop the steal”, the rallying cry of Donald Trump supporters who claim without evidence that there was voter fraud in the 2020 elections.

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