Breaking News

Facebook to Check Misinformation and Restrict Political Ads Prior to US Election 2020

Facebook to Check Misinformation and Restrict Political Ads Prior to US Election 2020

 Facebook taking steps to secure and encourage voting prior to the US presidential election 2020. It says it will  restrict new political ads in the week before the election and remove posts conveying misinformation about COVID-19 and voting.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday about the new steps and also it will attach links to official results to posts from candidates and campaigns that declare premature victories.

“This election is not going to be business as usual. We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on Thursday. “That means helping people register and vote, clearing up confusion about how this election will work, and taking steps to reduce the chances of violence and unrest.”

The US election have scheduled to held on 3 November. It will be more chances to the flow of misinformation and fake news based on the election, so precautions to handle these malfunctioning are needed.

Facebook and other social media companies are being scrutinized over how they handle misinformation, given issues with President Donald Trump and other candidates posting false information and Russia’s ongoing attempts to interfere in U.S. politics.

Under the new measures, Facebook says it will prohibit politicians and campaigns from running new election ads in the week before the election. However, they can still run existing ads and change how they are targeted.

"It's important that campaigns can run get out the vote campaigns, and I generally believe the best antidote to bad speech is more speech," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. "But in the final days of an election there may not be enough time to contest new claims."

With the nation divided, and election results potentially taking days or weeks to be finalized, there could be an “increased risk of civil unrest across the country,” Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg said Facebook had removed more than 100 networks worldwide engaging in such interference over the last few years.

“Just this week, we took down a network of 13 accounts and two pages that were trying to mislead Americans and amplify division,” he said.

Users can only forward articles to a maximum of five others on Messenger, Facebook’s messaging app. The company also will work with Reuters to provide official election results and make the information available both on its platform and with push notifications.

No comments