Sunday, May 17, 2020

ICYMI: Metro Times report on violent anti-Whitmer Facebook groups is making waves

Posted By on Sun, May 17, 2020 at 3:10 PM

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On Monday, Metro Times reported on private Facebook groups where members called for violence against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in graphic, disturbing detail — a violation of the company's policy against hate speech. The story had an immediate and far-reaching impact.

Whitmer addressed Metro Times' reporting directly at a press conference that day, calling on Republicans to denounce the activity. The story was picked up by outlets in Michigan and beyond, getting cited by The Detroit Free Press, Bloomberg, Newsweek, The Guardian, and The New York Times, which referenced it in a profile on Mark Zuckerberg and the challenges his company is facing. As a result of Metro Times' reporting, Facebook removed the pages.

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