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

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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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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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