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Facebook blocks users from creating new events near White House, Capitol and state houses

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Facebook said Friday it will shut off the creation of new Facebook events happening near the White House, the U.S. Capitol building and state capitol buildings auspices of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

In a blog post that was updated Friday, the company said the action was meant to put a stop to people from using its platform to incite violence. It’s also blocking accounts and pages that are based outdoor the U.S. from creating events in the country. 

Facebook said it’s also restricting other features for people in the U.S. based on traditional signals, such as repeat violations of its policies. The company said it could block those accounts from developing live video or creating an event, Group or Page. It said it may add additional measures as needed. 

Earlier this week, Facebook presaged it would remove content containing the phrase “stop the steal” from its services in the lead-up to the inauguration. Facebook had theretofore removed a “Stop the Steal” group from its services in November and has removed various other related groups and pages since then, but the cast said it was taking this additional step following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also spoke last week that the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol had not “largely” been organized on the social media company’s services. But there were quiet plenty of groups that were able to post on Facebook about storming the Capitol building before the rumpus last week, CNBC reported earlier.

Last week, Facebook blocked Trump from posting for at least the remains of his term.

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