Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold signs and chant during a protest about the early results of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona [Cheney Orr/Reuters]

Facebook on Thursday said it had taken down a rapidly growing group where some supporters of US President Donald Trump posted violent rhetoric and baseless claims that Democrats were stealing the election.

On Thursday afternoon, the “Stop the Steal” group, which called for “boots on the ground to protect the integrity of the vote”, was adding 1,000 new members every 10 seconds and had grown to 365,000 members in a single day.

“The group was organised around the delegitimisation of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group,” a

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