An operation center with dozens of employees on Tuesday – what Facebook calls “one”war Room“- will work to identify efforts to destabilize the election. Facebook said that the team working because of the coronovirus epidemic has already taken action and is working smoothly.
Facebook’s app will also look different on Tuesday. To prevent candidates from announcing the win ahead of time and incorrectly, the company plans to add a notification at the top of the news feed, letting people know that no winner has been selected yet Even the election results are not verified by news outlets such as Reuters and the Associated Press.
Facebook needs, if needed, special tools that it has used in “At risk countries“Like in Myanmar, where there was a possibility of election related violence. The tools, which Facebook has not publicly described, are designed to slow the spread of inflammatory posts.
As the election draws to a close, Facebook plans to prevent all political advertisements from circulating on the social network and its photo-sharing site, Instagram, to reduce misinformation about the results of the election. Facebook has told advertisers that they can expect the ban to last a week, though the timeline is not set in stone and the company has been publicly non-controversial about the period.
“We worked to make elections safer and more secure on our platform,” Facebook spokesman Kevin McAlester said. “We have taken lessons from previous elections, created new teams with experience in various fields and created new products and policies to prepare for different scenarios before and after elections.”
Twitter has also worked to deal with misinformation since 2016, going further than Facebook in some cases. Last year, for example, It banned political advertising On the whole, saying that the reach of political messages “should be earned, not bought.”
At the same time, Twitter began to label politicians’ tweets if they spread misinformation or glorified violence. In May, it was added Several fact-checking labels on President Trump’s tweet About Black Lives Matter protests and mail-in voting, and restricts the ability of people to share those posts.