Creator of Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard says she was removed for not censoring data

FedScoop: The designer and manager of Florida’s data dashboard tracking the spread of COVID-19 said she was removed from her position earlier this month after refusing to manually alter data in order to drive support for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to reopen the state’s economy.

Rebekah Jones, a geographic information systems manager for the Florida Department of Health, was dismissed from the dashboard team May 5, according to an email she sent to her colleagues last Friday that has since been shared with reporters. The email said the decision came from beyond her “division’s control.”

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