On Monday, Mark Zuckerberg said that protests against stay-at-home orders organized on Facebook qualify as “harmful misinformation’ and are removed from the social media platform.
George Stephanopoulos asked Zuckerberg on “Good Morning America” how he is handling “the fact that Facebook is now being used to organize a lot of these protests to defy social distancing guidelines in the states.”
Stephanopoulos asked Zuckerberg “If somebody is trying to organize something like that, does that qualify as harmful misinformation?”
Zuckerberg said that if something states that social distancing isn’t effective to slow the spread of the coronavirus it is deemed misinformation and taken down.
However, he added, it is important that people can continue to debate policies and give their opinions, but “there is a line on this.”
“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 that has a risk of leading to imminent physical danger,” Zuckerberg said. “And we’ll take that kind of content down.”
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