- Facebook has banned event listings that violate government social distancing policies.
- The discussion sparked outrage from some including the son of President Donald Trump
- Facebook said it consulted with local governments and would only take down events that violated states' guidelines
Who posted What?
On Monday, the social media giant removed the listing for anti-quarantine protests in California, New Jersey, and Nebraska.
The discussion sparked outrage from some including the son of President Donald Trump who claimed the company's move violated free speech.
Dissidents have planned across the US to protest against stay-at-home orders.
Facebook got wind of the plot and said it consulted with local governments and would only take down events that violated states' guidelines.
"Unless the government prohibits the event during this time, we allow it to be organized on Facebook. For this same reason, events that defy the government's guidance on social distancing aren't allowed on Facebook," a spokesperson said.
Is FaceBook acting in the Public’s interest?
Hundreds of demonstrators stood outside of Pennsylvania's state capital building on Monday. Last week thousands violated stay at home orders in Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia.
A Facebook spokesperson told CNN that the company was speaking with representatives from New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to determine if events planned for those states should be removed.
Several prominent Republicans said Facebook's decision to remove event listings for new protests suppressed free speech. The lead of the pack was the eldest son of The President of USA, Donald Trump Jr., who tweeted,
"Why is @Facebook colluding with state governments to quash people's free speech?"
Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri responding to a tweet about Facebook's decision wrote, "Because free speech is now illegal America?"
Facebook has been aggressive in tackling false information about COVID19 on its platform.
The firm's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has been resilient on its approach saying Facebook would do what it could to protect free speech and public health.