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Facebook takes down event pages for several anti-quarantine protests, Ars Technica

Facebook takes down event pages for several anti-quarantine protests, Ars Technica

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Officials told Facebook the planned protests violated state laws.

      

       Apr 48, (5:) (UTC UTC)

           

Facebook has nixed event pages for planned protests against stay-at-home measures in California, New Jersey, and Nebraska. The actions come at the request of state officials, who say the gatherings would violate state orders.

Facebook event pages for similar protests in other states remain online.

“Unless government prohibits the event during this time, we allow it to be organized on Facebook. For this same reason, events that defy government guidance on social distancing aren’t allowed on Facebook, “a Facebook spokesperson told Politico .

Activists across the country, mostly from the right end of the political spectrum, have begun agitating for an early end to legally mandated social distancing measures. according to the Washington Post , a trio of gun rights activist brothers in Minnesota have created a number of popular groups fighting stay-at-home measures on Facebook, including in Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Donald Trump threw his weight behind three state protests on Friday with tweets to “LIBERATE VIRGINIA,” and “LIBERATE MINNESOTA.”

despite the protests, polls continue to show broad public support for social distancing efforts. A Wall Street Journal / NBC poll

                                                


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