Facebook closes Danish group that wanted to break down closure

A Danish Facebook group that wanted to make sure that shops defied the restrictions and reopened on Monday, was closed by Facebook on Friday night.

The group approached 10,000 members before Facebook decided it exceeded the guidelines.

According to Facebook’s head of communications in the Nordics, Peter Münster, it was written in the group, among other things, that the corona crisis is a deception.

It is not allowed to write health incorrect information, and Facebook consults with the World Health Organization (WHO), among others.

“One must not say that the corona crisis is a deception as if it does not exist. As soon as it becomes harmful misinformation that entails a definite health risk for people, we remove it, “he says.

After the group was removed, two new identical groups have already emerged. One has 2600 members late Friday night.

»We self-employed have had enough of this false pandemic, which is why we are reopening Denmark on 15 February 2021. Restaurants, shops. Everything in the whole of DK, «it says in the group’s description.

Peter Münster says that you will eventually be removed from Facebook if you repeatedly violate the guidelines.

The two new groups may also be removed soon.

‘I can not say anything about whether or when they will be taken down. They may be down before the evening or night is over. It also depends on what is in the group. “

“You can not come back with a new, identical group if it still violates the rules, but you can start all over again if you agree to comply with the rules,” he says.

To Politiken, the group founder Torkil Poulsen says that the closure is “typical in a dictatorship where we can not be allowed to speak out”.

But that’s not how it works, Peter Münster explains.

»There are some rules for what you can do when you are on Facebook. You have to read those rules, and you say yes to them when you create a profile. “

“If you do not comply with the rules, you can expect us to use some of the sanctions we have,” says Peter Münster.

He states that there is a number of false information that one must not write on Facebook.

Initially, Facebook may remove the post or group. Later, a profile can be temporarily closed and eventually the profile can be completely deleted.

For example, you must not write that keeping your distance does not work, and that it does not matter if you wash your hands and drink alcohol.

/ ritzau /

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