Trump threatens to classify antifa as terrorists

This image shows two black-clad antifa members carrying black flags down the street with their faces covered. other members follow behind them.
Antifa and Black Lives Matter protestors march down the streets in Washington, DC on July 6, 2019. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump said on Saturday he is considering labeling far-left anti-fascist groups — known as "antifa" — as terror organizations, alongside the violent street gang MS-13.

Reality check: MS-13, which originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s, is known for violently murdering their victims. The Anti-Defamation League describes "antifa" as "violent counter-protestors" who often doxx targets and throw heavy objects and biohazards at law enforcement, white supremacists and other targets — but they are not responsible for killing anyone.

Judge keeps Facebook and MS-13 case under seal

In this image, a Salvadoran army soldier patrols in a neighborhood dominated by the MS-13 gang in San Salvador. The soldier stands against a green wall, carrying a rifle.
Armed guard. Photo: Marvin Recinos/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill ruled Monday to keep documents describing digital wiretaps in an MS-13 case secret from the public.

Background: The case from last year centered around state and federal surveillance of the gang and came to light when Facebook won a secretive ruling that it would not have to aid the police by wiretapping its Messenger service.