Facebook Announces They Are Going After ‘Stay-At-Home Order’ Protest Groups (VIDEO)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that groups forming on Facebook to protest stay at home orders will be taken down.
During an appearance on Good Morning America Zuckerberg spoke with Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos to explain how the company is handling the coronavirus.
Zuckerberg said that they are partnering with researchers to be able to provide daily updated data for users.
“We’re partnering with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to run a widespread survey across Facebook asking people what kind of symptoms they’re feeling,” Zuckerberg told ABC News. “We’re able to work with the researchers to produce an interactive map based on the aggregate data that provides a daily updated county by county map of this, of the symptoms that people are experiencing, across the country.”
Zuckerberg explains that the surveys they launched have given officials data to hopefully identify possible hot spots. He also showed that the data they are collecting has shown some interesting discoveries.
“If you look at the maps, there are some things that I think would jump out to you — for example, that ski resorts might have been playing in an early role in the spread of COVID,” Zuckerberg said. “We do see in the maps that some of the counties around where there are prominent ski resorts have a lifted level of people experiencing symptoms, so there are things like that you can see.”
Zuckerberg was then asked about protestors that are organizing on the social media platform.
“We do classify that as harmful misinformation and we take that down at the same time,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s important that people can debate policy, so there’s a line on this. 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.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that protests against stay-at-home orders organized on his platform qualify as “Harmful Misinformation” and are taken down. pic.twitter.com/lUTN1SClnm
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 20, 2020