Facebook will remove some posts on anti-stay-at-home protests being organized in California, New Jersey and Nebraska after consulting with officials in those states, a company spokesperson told CNN Monday.
The protests run afoul of the states’ social distancing guidelines, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said.
Protests have erupted around the US in recent days as shutdown orders have been extended, just as record numbers of Americans lose their jobs.
Facebook has come under fire as groups organizing anti-stay-at-home protests have popped up all over the platform. Stone said Facebook would take down posts created through the Facebook Events feature that promote events in California, New Jersey and Nebraska. Other Facebook posts, including Facebook groups about the protests, might not be removed.
Alyana Alfaro Post, a spokesperson for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, told CNN that the governor’s office and Facebook had been communicating about the issue but said, “The governor’s office did not ask Facebook to remove pages or posts for events promoting lifting the provisions of the governor’s stay-at-home order.”
One event, which is being promoted on the platform, is due to take place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Monday.
A Facebook group for Pennsylvanians against “excessive quarantine” that was set up last week already had more than 66,000 members by Monday morning.