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Technology Facebook is blocking events near the White House through Inauguration Day

07:10  16 january  2021
07:10  16 january  2021 Source:   theverge.com

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Facebook won’t let people create events that take place near the White House , the US Capitol building, or any state capitol buildings through Inauguration Day . It’s also blocking events near the US Capitol building and state capitol buildings.

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Friday it was blocking the creation of any new Facebook events in close proximity to places such as the White House and U.S. Capitol in Washington, as well as state capitol buildings, through Inauguration Day on Jan.

Facebook won’t let people create events that take place “in close proximity” to the White House, the US Capitol building, or any state capitol buildings through Inauguration Day, the company announced on Friday. The move builds upon Facebook’s previously announced Inauguration Day preparations aiming to prevent the platform from being used to organize a violent event like the January 6th attack on the US Capitol.

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Facebook is also doing a “secondary review” of all inauguration-related events and will remove those that violate the platform’s rules. The company is also continuing a policy that blocks pages and accounts based outside the US from creating events located in the US. That policy was first put in place for the US presidential election.

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(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Friday it was blocking the creation of any new Facebook events in close proximity to places such as the White House and U.S. Capitol in Washington, as well as state capitol buildings, through Inauguration Day on Jan.

Facebook said Friday it will block users from creating new events near the U.S. Capitol, the White House and state capitol buildings through Inauguration Day amid fears of additional violence in the wake of the recent insurrection in Washington. Other precautionary measures: The social media giant

Facebook has come under scrutiny for allowing posts promoting the January 6th riots to spread

The company has come under scrutiny for allowing posts promoting and organizing the January 6th riots to spread across Facebook and Instagram, and for ads promoting military equipment that ran alongside content that contained election misinformation and calls for violence, according to BuzzFeed News. Although Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said she believes the riots were “were largely organized on platforms that don’t have our abilities to stop hate,” the company is still stepping up enforcement of its policies and working to remove potentially dangerous content ahead of Inauguration Day.

Accounts that have repeatedly violated Facebook’s policies could be restricted. Those restrictions may include being blocked from creating live videos, events, groups, or pages, according to the company.

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Just days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration , Facebook announced on Friday that it is no longer allowing people to create new events near the White House , U.S. Capitol or any state capitol buildings until after Inauguration Day . Facebook will also review all inauguration -related

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said in a blog post on Friday it was blocking the creation of any new Facebook events happening in close proximity to locations including the White House and the U.S. Capitol building, as well as state capitol buildings, through Inauguration Day .

Facebook isn’t the only platform trying to prevent Inauguration Day gatherings. Airbnb is blocking and canceling all DC metro area reservations during inauguration week and is banning people who were involved in the January 6th riots.

In the days since that attack, many platforms have taken actions to try and prevent people from organizing another one. Facebook, for example, is now blocking the phrase “stop the steal.” Apple and Google have banned conservative-friendly social app Parler from their app stores, and Amazon has terminated Parler’s hosting, effectively kicking it off the internet.

The Technology 202: What to expect from the first virtual Inauguration .
People can tune in on Snap and Alexa -- even though they can't gather in person. Programming note: Aaron Schaffer has joined The Technology 202 as a researcher. We look forward to the new insights and reporting he will bring in covering a new administration’s relationship with technology. Send him tips at aaron.schaffer@washpost.com or follow him on Twitter at @aaronjschaffer.

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