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Donald Trump Jr slammed Facebook for taking down thousands of anti-lockdown protest posts and ads on the social media platform.

"Why is Facebook colluding with state governments to quash peoples free speech?" he tweeted on Monday, April 20.

The president's son accused the social network of "colluding" with blue state governments to block free speech.

As thousands took to the streets to protest the forced lockdowns in their states, Facebook has been deleting posts and advertisements about the locations and dates of scheduled protests.

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On Monday, Facebook took down pages that had been set up to organize and inform residents about rallies in California, Nebraska and New Jersey.

Some governors in blue states denied reaching out to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to take down the posts. They insist Facebook staffers called them.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company reached out to officials in various states "to understand the scope of their orders," but not about removing specific posts placed on Facebook's platform.

"We remove posts when gatherings do not follow the health parameters established by the government and are therefore unlawful," Facebook's spokesperson said.