Facebook to remove some posts promoting protests against stay-at-home orders

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AUSTIN (KXAN/WFXR) — Facebook is going to remove some posts on its platform that promote protesting against stay-at-home orders, according to a report from CNN.

CNN reports Facebook will take down Facebook Events posts promoting events in California, New Jersey, and Nebraska, where protests are not allowed under stay-at-home orders. However, other posts and Facebook groups may not be removed.

“Unless government prohibits the event during this time, we allow it to be organized on Facebook,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone told CNN. “For this same reason, events that defy government’s guidance on social distancing aren’t allowed on Facebook.”

A number of states have been under stay-at-home orders for weeks to promote social distancing and reduce the spread of the coronavirus. In recent days, protests have been held in numerous states against the orders, many calling for restrictions on jobs to be lifted so people can return to work.

Austin has been the site of two such protests in the past week. One happened Thursday outside the Governor’s mansion and another took place Saturday outside the Texas Capitol.

Virginians have also organized social distancing protests. The first “Reopen Virginia” rally took place in Richmond on Thursday, April 16. Another protest is expected on Wednesday, April 22, which is the same day the House of Delegates is planning to meet outside the Capitol while the Senate meets in a large event space at the Virginia Science Museum to hold a special one-day session about coronavirus in the Commonwealth.

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