The Summer’s enraging so many tough guys and their snowflakery, because in 2016, the Russians got Facebook groups to confront each other in Texas meatspace as well as influencing the following year’s violence in Charlottesville.. It’ll be patriotic to beat up leftists and re-liberate Autonomous Zones, because apparently Facebook is where you can organize such violence without consequences.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump tweeted, “There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!” (The autonomous zone is a reference to a group of protesters against police brutality in Seattle who have occupied parts of the Capitol Hill neighborhood and declared it a cop-free area; local officials have described it as resembling a block party, while the right-wing media and Trump have played it up as an apocalyptic threat to national security organized by terrorists.)
Twitter has broken with its years-long policy of giving Trump total impunity to tweet whatever he wants without the site taking any action. Last month, it attached a fact-checking notice to a Trump tweet asserting a nationwide voter fraud conspiracy. It also hid from his timeline a dog-whistling tweet in which the president threatened to send the military to shoot protesters, explaining it violated rules against “glorifying violence.” The latest removal is similar, except this time Twitter states the broken rule was against “abusive behavior.”
“Boogaloo” is code for civil war, which is the ultimate goal of the movement, and some of its followers trade in memes glorifying violence against federal agents and crack jokes about the impending “Boog.” Recently they’ve become regular fixtures at anti-lockdown and Black Lives Matter protests in states that allow open-carry of military-style firearms.
An analysis of some of the largest private Facebook groups catering to the boogaloo movement found that scores of members self-identified as active-duty military on their personal profiles. Members spanned an array of branches, including the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force, and a range of positions, from infantryman, to mechanic, to army bus driver, to medic, to “amphibious assault crewman.”
Ã¢ÂÂ Tess Owen (@misstessowen) June 24, 2020
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