A Fourth Estate® Service

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Facebook Reportedly Preparing for Potential Post-Election Unrest

Facebook has planned to deploy internal tools to limit posts in case of unrest related to the United States presidential elections, according to a report last October 25.

Facebook has planned to deploy internal tools to limit content in case of unrest related to the United States presidential elections, according to a report last October 25.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the emergency tools are part of a larger tool kit designed by Facebook to prepare for the U.S. presidential elections and that they would only be deployed in crucial cases such as election-related violence.

Previously designed for so-called “at-risk” countries including Sri Lanka and Myanmar, the tools would slow the spread of viral content, restrain possible inflammatory posts, and adjust the news feed to change the content users see.

Facebook announced last October 7 their preparations for Election Day “to protect the integrity of this election” and “to ensure people have the latest authoritative information about the results.”

“We’ve known for a long time that the 2020 election in the U.S. would be unlike any other. We’ve been preparing for this election with a unique set of products and policies,” Facebook’s Vice President of Product Management Guy Rosen stated in the announcement.

According to the announcement, the preparations include banning content that “seeks to intimidate voters,” such as posts encouraging individuals to bring weapons to polling places an to engage in unauthorized poll watching.

Facebook will also notify its users with the election results and direct them to a link to the Voting Information Center.

Article © 2020 Fourth Estate® — All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Articles

National Guard Medivac Helicopter Crashes in New York. Three Killed.

A New York National Guard UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter has crashed in an open field near West Bloomfield Road in Mendon, New York during...

Fire Breaks Out at Indian Plant of World’s Largest Vaccine Maker

A fire broke out today at the world's largest vaccine maker, the Serum Institute of India in Pune.A fire broke out today at the...

Netherlands Plans to Ban More Flights, to Impose Curfew

The Dutch government announced on Jan. 20 that it plans to impose a curfew and to ban more flights in an attempt to curb...

Biden Directs Department of Education to Extend Pause on Student Loan Payments

United States President Joe Biden has directed the Department of Education to extend the pause on federal student loan payments and collections and to...

Tribal Clashes in Sudan’s Darfur Region Claim 130 Lives

Clashes between rival tribes in the Darfur region of Sudan had killed at least 130 people by Jan. 18, two weeks after a peacekeeping...

Get the Daily NewsBrief in your inbox

Related Stories