Facebook said the accounts were "actively promoting violence against civilians, law enforcement, and government officials and institutions". "As a result, this violent network is banned from having a presence on our platform and we will remove content praising, supporting or representing it". Among other complications, its internet-savvy members tend to keep their distance from one another, frequently change their symbols and catch phrases and mask their intentions with sarcasm.
The move by Facebook designates this group as a risky organization similar to the Islamic State group and white supremacists, both of which are already banned from its service. The social network is not banning all references to "boogaloo" and said it is only removing groups, accounts and pages when they have a "clear connection to violence or a credible threat to public safety".
The loosely affiliated boogaloo movement adopted its name from the 1984 movie "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo".
While Facebook claimed to distinguish between the wider boogaloo movement and particular individuals inciting violence, keyword-based algorithmic bans appear to have already swept up unrelated accounts - perhaps a harbinger of things to come.
The Boogaloo movement rose to national prominence during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown protests.
Steven Carrillo, who identifies as a member of the Boogaloo movement, was last month for allegedly killing a federal officer during a protest in Oakland, California. According to Carrillo, he planned the attack with a man whom he met in a Boogaloo Facebook Group. It's a great opportunity to target the specialty soup bois.
As the Tech Transparency Project report explains, the boogaloo movement initially used the cover of humor, memes and satire to disguise an underlying layer of real-world violent intent.
While the "boogaloo'" term has been embraced by white supremacist groups and other far-right extremists, many supporters insist they aren't racist or truly advocating for violence.
Violent and extremist groups are increasingly turning to encrypted communications networks and fringe social platforms with no content moderation to congregate, which makes them more hard to track.
Hundreds of Facebook profiles said to be part of a "violent anti-government network" linked to the loose-knit "boogaloo" movement have been permanently deleted, the latest in a wave of mass bans targeting the political right. It also took down 400 other groups and 100 pages that hosted similar content as the violent network but were maintained by accounts outside of it.
Facebook said that it had seen no evidence of foreign entities covertly amplifying the movement.
Live-streaming site Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, also temporarily suspended Trump's campaign account for violating its hateful conduct rules.
Advocacy groups Facebook in April that the Boogaloo movement was organizing on its platform.