A slew of federal investigations and arrests had caused the Boogaloos to lower their profile, VICE News reports, but the anti-government extremist movement never went away. Now, “the Boogaloo Bois appear to be regrouping, plotting their public comeback to coincide with what many fear could be a tense, even violent, presidential election season.”
And Facebook seems to be playing a critical role in their resurgence.
More from VICE:
In the last six months, the Boogaloo Bois have returned to Facebook and are using the platform to funnel new recruits (and “OG Bois”) into smaller subgroups, with the goal of coordinating offline meet-ups and training, according to data obtained by the Tech Transparency Project and shared exclusively with VICE News. They’re posting propaganda videos, guides to sniper training and guerilla warfare, and how-tos for assembling untraceable ghost guns. “The Bois are back in town,” declared a member of one of the new groups.
VICE added that “Facebook deleted many of the groups after VICE News reached out for this story.” But how the heck did Facebook not notice what was happening under its nose until VICE alerted the platform?
According to VICE, Facebook banned the Boogaloo movement in late June of 2020. (Boogaloo is a right-wing meme for civil war or uprising). Yet the Boogaloo Bois have easily gotten around the ban.