Remember that little thing called the First Amendment that allows you to not only have free speech but also assemble? Yeah, that isn't valid on Facebook. Not according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, anyway.
On Monday he said that the social media giant will be removing posts that appear to promote or organize protests against the stay-at-home orders.
The Wrap reports:
Zuckerberg, in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulus on “Good Morning America,” was asked how the company is dealing with Facebook “being used to organize a lot of these protests to defy social distancing guidelines.” Stephanopoulus then asked if this fits Facebook’s “harmful misinformation” designation.
“We do classify that as harmful misinformation and we take that down,” Zuckerberg said. “At the same time, it’s important that people can debate policies so there’s a line on this, 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.”
A Facebook rep later told CNN’s Donnie O’Sullivan the company has removed content promoting anti-quarantine events in California, New Jersey and Nebraska.
Facebook says it has removed promotion of anti-quarantine events in California, New Jersey, and Nebraska after consultation with state governments
— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) April 20, 2020
At the same time on Monday, Facebook rolled out an interactive map highlighting users reporting COVID-19 symptoms on a county-by-county basis. The map was created in conjunction with data from Carnegie Mellon University, which recently surveyed more than 1 million Facebook users.
“Facebook is uniquely suited to run these surveys because we serve a global community of billions of people and can do statistically accurate sampling,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We do this in a privacy protective way where only the researchers at Carnegie Mellon see individual survey responses — and Facebook only sees aggregated data.”
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