Famous non-expert of the law Donald Trump Jr. weighed in on Facebook's removal of social distancing protest events on Twitter, falsely accusing the company of violating First Amendment rights.
Since recent laws—put in place to protect people's health by spreading out impact on the healthcare system—make gathering in large groups illegal, Facebook has been adhering to its guidelines by removing events which promote unlawful activities.
Anti-quarantine protests being organized through Facebook in California, New Jersey, and Nebraska, are being remove… https://t.co/7YjUlSgL0d— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy)1587388471.0
Of course, the safety and well-being of American citizens isn't a large concern for Donald Trump Jr., who felt the real victim here was the free speech of the protestors.
Why is @Facebook colluding with state governments to quash peoples free speech? Regardless of what you think about… https://t.co/AJuwqdlAzl— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1587402522.0
Conservatives on social media agreed wholeheartedly with the President's son.
@oliverdarcy @andymstone @donie Well, their stay at home orders violate this! https://t.co/T07FRGAk67— TrishaMomStrongx6 (@TrishaMomStrongx6)1587395688.0
It's important to remember several facts: these protestors' right to free speech isn't being violated and their protests may cost people their lives.
Powerful special interests are using astroturfing & dangerous tactics to undermine the fight against COVID-19. Face… https://t.co/0YomKLUw9T— Richard Blumenthal (@Richard Blumenthal)1587429502.0
Not all heroes wear capes, some wear scrubs https://t.co/fisnLdZxWU— NowThis (@NowThis)1587398580.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @Facebook https://t.co/wr5HQWzC3L— Gordon Preece (@Gordon Preece)1587407910.0
Facebook is a publicly traded corporation and is not associated with the government in any way.
It is not obligated to host any person's views or beliefs, the same way Arby's is not required to host a meeting of your book club.
@DonaldJTrumpJr @Facebook Dangerous to the protesters and any place they come in contact becomes dangerous to everyone else.— Jeffrey Evan Gold (@Jeffrey Evan Gold)1587402639.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @Facebook https://t.co/Ig1zdc4hP0— Dori Z. Sahagian (@Dori Z. Sahagian)1587402569.0
These mass protests are breaking state and federal health guidelines which were meant to protect not only the lives of the protestors, but anyone they may come in contact with.
@DonaldJTrumpJr @Facebook Ugh. https://t.co/hxdPlY0U5M— Twopoor (@Twopoor)1587403349.0
In areas where such gatherings are still legal, Facebook has allowed the events to stay on the site.
A company representative told Politico:
"Unless government prohibits the event during this time, we allow it to be organized on Facebook. For this same reason, events that defy government's guidance on social distancing aren't allowed on Facebook."
@DonaldJTrumpJr @Facebook What’s dangerous is @DonaldJTrumpJr promoting this fiction of our rights being stripped w… https://t.co/TY7aTvj5ju— Andrew (@Andrew)1587403680.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @Facebook "There is a cult of ignorance in the [US], & there has always been. The strain of anti-in… https://t.co/f7GsJHwFWG— David Wright - Don't be vapid! (@David Wright - Don't be vapid!)1587416273.0
Don Jr. seems pretty gung-ho about free speech now, but he isn't as big of a fan when it exposes him or his family.
Don Jr walked out of his own book launch in LA after MAGA hat wearing white nationalists and Alt-Right trolls disru… https://t.co/zUOVQGgWu9— It's Going Down (@It's Going Down)1573447221.0
Dave Rubin shutdown the live chat during his stream with Don Jr. about "tech censorship" and getting "triggered" be… https://t.co/Bgv15c8pMx— Nathan Bernard (@Nathan Bernard)1573491689.0
Donald Trump Jr. is part of a group who insist on making even the most important public safety issues seem like partisan battles to be "won" by putting real people's lives in danger. This is something no responsible leader or decent human being would do.