Facebook blocks events near Capitol and White House leading up to inauguration

17 Janvier, 2021, 06:40 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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To head off a potential encore of last week's violent insurrection, Facebook is blocking users from creating new Facebook events in the vicinity of the White House, the U.S. Capitol building, and any state capitol buildings through President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.

"We are blocking the creation of any new Facebook events happening in close proximity to locations including the White House, the US Capitol building and any of the state capitol buildings through Inauguration Day", the company said on Friday.

The company has also suspended indefinitely Trump's Facebook account and said that it is keeping a pause on all political advertisements in the United States.

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Facebook will apparently also be putting new restrictions in place for U.S. users who repeatedly break the company's rules, including barring those accounts from livestreaming videos, events and group pages.

As a precaution against coordinated violence as the US approaches President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, Facebook announced a few new measures it's putting in place. Those groups continued to thrive on Facebook until measures the company took at the beginning of this week. As the Washington Post notes, more than 100,000 Facebook and Instagram users posted hashtags affiliated with the movement to overturn Biden's victory such as "FightForTrump" and "StopTheSteal", a reference to thoroughly debunked claims of election fraud peddled by the president and his supporters.

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