Google and Facebook are Not Places for Freedom of Expression

Google and Facebook are Not Places for Freedom of Expression
Original newz story

Americans protesting their states’ coronavirus lockdown measures won’t be able to organize protests on Facebook any longer, after the Silicon Valley firm declared them “harmful misinformation.”

Speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that anti-lockdown protests organized through his platform are considered “harmful misinformation,” and will be removed by moderators.

“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,” Zuckerberg added.

ABC’s @GStephanopoulos urges @Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to crack down on protest organizers, label them “harmful misinformation” pic.twitter.com/XWz4FmNhcP

— Kyle Drennen (@kjdrennen) April 20, 2020

President Donald Trump has left it up to governors to decide when to lift lockdown measures in their states, but only a handful have eased the coronavirus shutdown. Florida opened some of its beaches on Friday, while South Carolina intends to open some of its shoreside spots this week.

Protests have broken out in states whose governors remain committed to a full lockdown. Citizens in at least 10 states, including Texas, Washington, Michigan and New Hampshire, took to the streets over the weekend to vent their anger at the stay-at-home orders. In some of these states, a handful of gun rights activists led the charge in organizing the events on Facebook, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

Shortly before Zuckerberg’s TV appearance, CNN journalist Donie O’Sullivan reported that Facebook removed anti-quarantine events in California, New Jersey and Nebraska. The protests themselves are not strictly illegal, but the social network reportedly consulted with the state governments before siding with them and removing the posts.

Numerous media outlets cited Facebook as saying that the governors themselves asked for the removal. The spokesman for Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, however, said on Monday afternoon that this was

Source: rt.com

censorship.. anything to keep the common man from organizing against the system.
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gaud

No sweat, the common man will soon be uncommon.
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gaud

the oligarks want u at home. the question is, why? we know it aint the virus theyre trying to “protect you” from
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Fcukbook is truly vile. Sad we are here on RT oligarch channel, which is the only symbol of the free West. Where is our government when this censorship is going on??
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Spankinov

Yes, it is sad times when you have to trust a foreign government’s press more than you can trust your own. Also, people need to learn that Google and Facebook are not places for freedom of expression. They need to get off those platforms.
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Spankinov

who do you think is pulling the strings? bread and circuses
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Have these Dodo’s not figured out yet that this whole thing was just used as cover for the FED to hand out 6 trillion dollars of additional quantitative easing?
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Good thing I do not look to FB for my news …
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Come on, where are all the programmers? Why doesn’t someone create a decentralized sm platform and REPLaCE them?!
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AntoniaBellini

There are lots of them, try Vkontakte
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I am quitting facbook. I wish i was never duped into handing them my information.
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Mr Zuckerberg must be careful! All censorship is potentially dangerous so Facebook must not fall into the trap!Looks like Trump should be preparing anti-trust leglislation against Facebook and Twitter
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Time to unplug America for the future of mankind.
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MugBook, we are Liberal, but must promote control and confinement?
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