White House, Capitol, Facebook blocking incidents near state homes


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Facebook said on Friday that it would stop the construction of new Facebook events happening near the White House, US Capitol Building and State Capitol buildings through the inauguration of President Elect Joe Biden on 20 January.

In a blog post updated on Friday, the company said the action was to prevent people from using its platform to incite violence. It is also preventing accounts and pages that are based outside the US from creating events in the country.

Facebook said that it is restricting other facilities for people in the US based on some signs, such as repeated violations of its policies. The company said it could prevent those accounts from making live videos or creating events, groups or pages. It said that it could add additional measures as needed.

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it would remove content containing the phrase “prevent theft” from its services in the lead-up to the inauguration. Facebook previously removed a “Stop the Steel” group from its services in November and has since removed various other related groups and pages, but the company said it took the additional step after insuring at US Capital last week Was picking

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also said last week that the uprising in the US Capitol was not organized “extensively” on the services of the social media company. But there were still a lot of groups that were able to post on Facebook about the ruining of the Capitol Building before the riots last week, CNBC previously said.

Last week, Facebook blocked Trump from posting for the remainder of his term.

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