Facebook Prepares Emergency Measures To Regulate Content In US Polls

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Facebook may introduce emergency measures to regulate viral content in case of election-related conflicts and unrest in the US.

According to the Wall Street Journal report, the social media platform intends to calm the possible violence with tools that were specially developed for so-called countries at-risk.

The tools that have already been used in Myanmar and Sri Lanka allow holding back the spread of viral content and lower the threshold for the identification of potentially inflammatory posts.

Facebook spokesman Andy Stone was quoted by the newspaper as saying that “We’ve spent years building for safer, more secure elections… We’ve applied lessons from previous elections, hired experts, and built new teams with experience across different areas to prepare for various scenarios.”

The report said that the company will perform such measures only in case of a critical situation that may cause election-related violence adding that if the company decides to use those tools it will transform the information that millions of Americans receive.

The report also added that this plan has been criticized by some members of the Facebook team and the representatives of the Republican and Democratic parties, who believe that the implementation of content regulation measures will hamper political discussion.

Source: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/facebook-content-regulation-tool-us-presidential-elections-donald-trump-joe-biden-2315904

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