Facebook announced its decision yesterday to ban Antifa and other "offline anarchist groups that support violent acts amidst protests," updating the site's Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy towards violent networks in the United States. Under this policy expansion, these are the Antifa groups Facebook has banned so far and these the ones egregiously overlooked.
For militia organizations and those encouraging riots, "including some who may identify as Antifa," Facebook reported that it initially removed over 980 groups, 520 Pages, and 160 ads from Facebook and restricted over 1,400 hashtags related to these groups and organizations on Instagram.
The Post Millennial's editor-at-large Andy Ngo prompted Facebook to purge a selective few of the those that are the most disruptive forces for inciting civil unrest across the nation.
"I hope it starts with closing these groups & many others," Ngo tweeted, screenshotting a handful of Antifa accounts mobilized on Facebook.
Ngo first placed a target on Rose City Antifa, launching a lawsuit in June against Rose City Antifa and individuals responsible for assaulting him last year at a Portland riot. Antifa militants have also doxxed Ngo, attempted to break into his family's home, and circulated false rumours about him on social media and in left-wing reports.
Ngo additionally urged Facebook to remove the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front (PNW) which led a coalition of agitators during last month's J25, a multi-city day of rioting and chaos. Ngo had testified about PNW before the Senate earlier this month.
Later, Ngo reported that Facebook did indeed take down PNW's page. "Our Facebook just got taken down. Thank god," PNW's Twitter account tweeted mid-afternoon, in a tone that appeared to be a bit sarcastic.
"In Portland, the violence has been organized and led by the local chapter of the Youth Liberation Front, a shadowy antifa organization with secret membership,” Ngo explained. "They openly advocate for violent uprisings in Portland and elsewhere."
Ngo called out Big Tech for being "complicit in allowing antifa terrorists to carry out acts of organized violence across American cities."
He warned Facebook officials that numerous Antifa groups do not use the "antifa" designation in their names by design. Ngo used PopMob, short for "popular mobilization of everyday antifascists, as an example, an offshoot of Rose City Antifa devised to be the "moderate" face of Antifa. "It's a lie," he concluded.
"Antifa Sacramento is a collective of antifascists who have come together to disrupt fascist activity in the Sacramento area," the California group wrote on "Our Story."
"We are committed to assessing and responding to local threats, and we strive to undermine the efforts of any group that fosters prejudice and oppression," it continued.
"Antifascist of the Seven Hills (ASH) is organizing to fight fascists in Richmond. We seek to combat fascism, united in militant opposition," the Virginia-based organization wrote on its "About" landing site.
"We will fight fascists in Richmond using a multiplicity of tactics, from education to confrontation. As a burgeoning group, we are building a network that will shut down fascists in our city," ASH concluded in its Community Page description.
Facebook stated that it will target organizations and movements that have "demonstrated significant risks to public safety" but do not meet the "rigorous criteria to be designated as a dangerous organization" and banned from the social media platform.
However, the site will allow individuals to post content that supports these movements and groups, but will restrict their ability to organize on the platform.
Admins will impose restrictions to limit the spread of content from Facebook Pages, Groups, and Instagram accounts and such where admins identify discussions of potential violence, including the use of "unveiled language and symbols particular to the movement."
A reporter from The New York Times denied Antifa's violent nature and its criminal acts.
"In Facebook's QAnon takedown today, Antifa was lumped in with other militia groups potentially encourage riots," NYT reporter Davey Alba tweeted before locking her Twitter account.
"In my reporting, there's not been a single incident where Antifa has been tied definitively to concrete/real-world harm," Alba continued, claiming that there is no evidence of Antifa being connected to violence.
However, The New York Times is not the only Antifa sympathizer among mainstream media sites. NPR considered Antifa militants "activists who fight the far right in a variety of extrajudicial ways — but seldom with fatal violence."
"What they're not doing is killing many people. In fact, killing almost no one," NPR cited terrorism analyst Seth Jones from the the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The Trump administration portrays Antifa as the leftist equivalent to violent hate groups on the right, NPR argued, asserting that this metric is "simply wrong."
NPR sourced domestic terrorism statistics reported by the Anti-Defamation League in 2019, far-right extremists killed at least 38 people with only one death toll attributed to Antifa: van Spronsen.
However, NPR overlooked Betts, who fatally shot nine people and wounded 17 others in Dayton, Ohio, in August of 2019.
One reply shows the account replying to a tweet asking if van Spronsen was a martyr or a villain. He replies, "martyr."