Facebook says it has removed and banned hundreds of accounts connected to a “violent” and “anti-government” US movement.

It said the network was loosely linked to the broader far-right “Boogaloo” movement but was distinct because it actively sought to commit violence.

Armed Boogaloo members have been seen at recent US protests.

The move comes Facebook faces a boycott from advertisers over hate speech on the platform.

Major companies including Ford, Adidas, Coca-Cola and Starbucks have pulled advertising from Facebook, urged on by campaigners who say the social media firm doesn’t do enough to remove racist and other hateful content.

On Tuesday, Facebook said it was disrupting the “dangerous” group on its platform.

“It is actively promoting violence against civilians, law enforcement and government officials and institutions,” a statement

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