Facebook has announced it will prohibit new political commercials on its stage in the week before the 2016 US Presidential election.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims that the movement is part of an initiative to promote voting, limit corruption, and lessen the danger of post-election”civil unrest”.
“This election isn’t likely to be business as normal,” Zuckerberg said in an article.
“All of us must safeguard our democracy. This means helping people register and vote, clearing up confusion about the way this election will operate, and taking measures to decrease the odds of violence and unrest.”
Facebook has also moved to stop candidates and fans from claiming victory in the election outcome. If a user attempts to post until all outcomes are understood, readers will likely be redirected into a link to their official outcomes.
The social networking giant has limited the sharing of posts on Messenger discussion to stop bogus advice articles from moving viral.
Posts and articles indicating that visiting polling booths would cause a greater chance of coronavirus contamination will also be eliminated and labels will be added to articles which”talk about the validity of voting methods”.
The business confirmed to Euronews their voter suppression policies on coronavirus-related articles which discourage voting use to most Facebook users and advertisements.
Last month Facebook introduced its”Voting Information Center” that sends users to up-to-date info regarding the election from confirmed sources.
The business has confronted backlash for labeling and not fact-checking articles from President Donald Trump, which were implied that mail-in ballots would result in a”deceptive” and”rigged” election.
“These changes reflect what we’ve heard from our elections work within the previous four decades along with the discussions we have had with voting rights specialists and our civic rights auditors,” explained Zuckerberg.
Even though the policy prohibits new political commercials from the seven days before the election, Facebook will continue to allow politicians to run ads with false details.
The limitation is likewise not a blackout ban, as campaigners may program political advertisements in the weeks before to operate through election week, and may still alter the emphasis concerning how they aim voters.
However, Facebook has defended the policy, saying it’s going to let fact-checkers and journalists to confirm”qualified content” before election day.
Euronews has contacted Facebook for clarity on whether political advertisements will probably be”qualified content” to get fact-checking.