FACEBOOK has removed event postings in multiple states that promoted protests against coronavirus stay-at-home measures.
The social media company said it would only take down anti-quarantine events if they defied government guidelines.
“Unless government prohibits the event during this time, we allow it to be organized on Facebook,” said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone.
“For this same reason, events that defy government’s guidance on social distancing aren’t allowed on Facebook.”
The company said it is seeking guidance to clarify the scope of state orders in New York, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Alyana Alfaro Post, a spokesperson for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, told CNN that the governor’s office has been in touch with Facebook.
“The governor’s office did not ask Facebook to remove pages or posts for events promoting lifting the provisions of the governor’s stay-at-home order,” she told CNN.
Taylor Gage, a spokesman for Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, told CNN: “Facebook reached out last week to learn more about Nebraska’s social distancing restrictions, and the governor’s staff provided already publicly available information about Nebraska’s 10-person limit and directed health measures.”
Protests have flared up around the country even though a survey by the Pew Research Center found that two-third of people were more concerned that restrictions would be lifted too quickly, rather than not quickly enough.
About 2,500 people rallied in the Washington state capital of Olympia on Sunday to protest Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order.
Zuckerberg told ABC News on Monday that content suggesting social distancing would not be effective in stopping the virus’s spread would be removed as it would “classify as harmful misinformation.”
“It’s important that people can debate policy, so there’s a line on this,” he told ABC News.
“But, you know, more than normal political discourse, I think a lot of the stuff that people are saying that is false around a health emergency like this can be classified as harmful misinformation.”
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