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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, on Monday(20) said that the tech giant is removing posts that look to promote or organize protests against stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19.

In an interview with foreign Media, Zuckerberg was asked how the company is dealing with Facebook “being used to organize a lot of these protests to defy social distancing guidelines.” Stephanopoulus then asked if this fits Facebook’s “harmful misinformation” designation.

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Zuckerberg said that “We do classify that as harmful misinformation and we take that down,” “At the same time, it’s important that people can debate policies so there’s a line on this, 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.”

A Facebook rep later told CNN’s Donnie O’Sullivan the company has removed content promoting anti-quarantine events in California, New Jersey and Nebraska.

Zuckerberg’s comments follow several real-world protests in the last week, including in Michigan and Virginia. They also come after President Trump’s coronavirus task force released a three-pronged plan for reopening the economy last week.

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At the same time on Monday(20), Facebook rolled out an interactive map highlighting users reporting COVID-19 symptoms on a county-by-county basis. The map was created in conjunction with data from Carnegie Mellon University, which recently surveyed more than 1 million Facebook users.

“Facebook is uniquely suited to run these surveys because we serve a global community of billions of people and can do statistically accurate sampling,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.  “We do this in a privacy protective way where only the researchers at Carnegie Mellon see individual survey responses and Facebook only sees aggregated data.

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