mentioned The Financial Times newspaper today, Tuesday, quoted a company executive that a company Facebook will take strict and exceptional measures to restrict the circulation of content on its platform if there is chaos in the November presidential election or violent civil unrest.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Nick Clegg, the company’s head of global affairs, said he has made plans for how to deal with a range of outcomes, including widespread civil unrest or political dilemmas of counting personal votes faster than through ballots. Post, which is playing a bigger role in this election due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Clegg said: There are some options available to us if there is indeed a set of extremely chaotic and violent conditions, but he did not provide further details about the measures at hand.
The proposed measures, which are likely to go further than any previous measures taken by a US platform, come at a time when the group of social media platforms is under increasing pressure to determine how it plans to combat election-related misinformation and incitement to violence on election day corresponding to November 3 and during a period. After the election.
Fears are growing that the US President (Donald Trump) may turn to social media platforms to challenge the outcome or call for violent protest, which could lead to a constitutional crisis.
“We have acted aggressively in other parts of the world where we believe there is civil instability, and it is clear that we have the tools to do it again,” Clegg added, referring to the past use of very exceptional measures to significantly restrict the circulation of content on the platform.
Facebook refused to go into details about its plans to control election-related content, as malicious actors may use this information to proactively work on how to manipulate the system.
During previous periods of turmoil in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, the company took measures, including limiting access to content shared by violators, and limiting the distribution of contentious content that was inflammatory, but did not violate the rules of hate speech.
Facebook is preparing to deal with the highly polarized elections, and there are concerns that Trump will try to interfere in the process, because he refused to commit to accepting the result, and said: The result could be tampered with, and sought to delegitimize the postal vote.
Facebook is exploring how to deal with about 70 potential scenarios with employees, including world-class military scenario planners.