U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall is accusing Facebook of censorship after the social media giant removed a post from his account that promoted a conspiracy theory about federal reports of coronavirus deaths.
In the comments that Marshall posted Sunday, he said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had “quietly updated” its numbers to reflect a massive drop in the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S.
The widely shared “Only 6%” theory has been debunked as a misrepresentation of CDC data detailing comorbidities.
Here’s a screengrab of Marshall’s original post:
FYI, it’s not censorship, it’s actually Facebook guidelines to not pass false information about COVID-19:
Facebook COVID-19: Community Standards Updates and Protections
As people around the world confront this unprecedented public health emergency, we want to make sure that our Community Standards protect people from harmful content and new types of abuse related to COVID-19. We’re working to remove content that has the potential to contribute to real-world harm, including through our policies prohibiting coordination of harm, sale of medical masks and related goods, hate speech, bullying and harassment and misinformation that contributes to the risk of imminent violence or physical harm. As the situation evolves, we continue to look at content on the platform, assess speech trends, and engage with experts, and will provide additional policy guidance when appropriate to keep the members of our community safe during this crisis.
Marshall’s opponent, Dr. Barbara Bollier (D. TX), is hammering him on this: