On Tuesday, an operations middle with dozens of staff — what Facebook calls a “war room” — will work to determine efforts to destabilize the election. The workforce, which is able to work nearly due to the coronavirus pandemic, has already been in motion and is working easily, Facebook mentioned.
Facebook’s app can even look completely different on Tuesday. To stop candidates from prematurely and inaccurately declaring victory, the corporate plans to add a notification on the high of News Feeds letting individuals know that no winner has been chosen till election outcomes are verified by information shops like Reuters and The Associated Press.
Facebook additionally plans to deploy, if wanted, particular instruments that it has utilized in “at-risk countries” like Myanmar, the place election-related violence was a risk. The instruments, which Facebook has not described publicly, are designed to gradual the unfold of inflammatory posts.
After the election
After the polls shut, Facebook plans to droop all political advertisements from circulating on the social community and its photo-sharing web site, Instagram, to scale back misinformation in regards to the election’s final result. Facebook has informed advertisers that they will count on the ban to final for every week, although the timeline isn’t set in stone and the corporate has publicly been noncommittal in regards to the period.
“We’ve spent years working to make elections safer and more secure on our platform,” mentioned Kevin McAlister, a Facebook spokesman. “We’ve applied lessons from previous elections, built new teams with experience across different areas and created new products and policies to prepare for various scenarios before, during and after Election Day.”
Before the election
Twitter has additionally labored to fight misinformation since 2016, in some circumstances going far additional than Facebook. Last yr, for example, it banned political promoting totally, saying the attain of political messages “should be earned, not bought.”
At the identical time, Twitter began labeling tweets by politicians in the event that they unfold inaccurate data or glorify violence. In May, it added a number of fact-checking labels to President Trump’s tweets about Black Lives Matter protests and mail-in voting, and restricted individuals’s means to share these posts.