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.


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