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Facebook urged staffers not to sport the company’s brand in public following its crackdown on President Trump and his supporters, a new report says.

The social media giant’s security team issued an internal memo Monday telling staffers to avoid wearing or carrying branded gear out of apparent concern for their safety, according to The Information.

“In light of recent events, and to err on the side of caution, global security is encouraging everyone to avoid wearing or carrying Facebook-branded items at this time,” read the memo shared on an internal service available to Facebook’s more than 56,000 employees, the outlet reported.

The notice came four days after Facebook indefinitely banned Trump from posting to his page with more than 35 million followers after he incited his supporters’ deadly riot at the Capitol last week.

Facebook also said Monday it would remove all posts containing the phrase “stop the steal,” which Trump supporters have used as a rallying cry to back the president’s baseless claims of election fraud since his loss to Joe Biden.

Facebook is one of several tech titans that have sanctioned Trump and his supporters since the Capitol siege that left five people dead and forced lawmakers to shelter in place.

Twitter permanently suspended the president’s account on Friday over concerns about his posts inciting further violence, and Amazon has stopped hosting Parler, the controversial social network where users reportedly posted violent threats against liberal lawmakers and activists.

Amazon Web Services — the cloud-computing business that forced Parler offline — told employees to be “vigilant” amid backlash against the decision, according to Business Insider.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. The company’s shares were down 1.4 percent at $253.17 as of 10:55 a.m.

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