In an attempt to combat any prospective unrest in the country, ahead of the November 3rd elections, Facebook will now be implementing various emergency measures that were earlier curated for “at-risk” countries and were deployed in countries like Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
With just over a week left until the presidential elections in the USA, Facebook is set to limit the spread of viral content and lower the benchmark for suppressing potentially inflammatory posts using various internal tools, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
According to the report, the new measures would lower the threshold previously established for content deemed dangerous on the platform and would slow down the spread of specific posts as they begin to gain traction. An internal adjustment would also be applied to news feeds to control the content available to users, so that misinformation and its due spread is likely to be contained.
Judging by the overall atmosphere of fear, resentment, and riots in the nation over the past few months, in particular, any misinformation is more than likely to hamper peace in the country, especially as far as the current election race is concerned.
Explaining the move, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone told the Journal that the company has “spent years building for safer, more secure elections,” and that their strategy is based on “lessons from previous elections, hired experts, and built new teams with experience across different areas to prepare for various scenarios.”
When a bunch of these tools is deployed together, users across America would be exposed to a much less sensational news feed, curbing unnecessary exposure towards incitements to violence and misinformation. This being said, there may always be a downside to the move considering- whilst the spread of harmful content may be limited, some good-faith political discussion may also bear the brunt in being dismissed.
Reacting to an earlier incident wherein Facebook and Twitter were slammed for censoring the Hunter Biden expose by the NY Post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed, “Once we’re past these events and we’ve resolved them peacefully, I wouldn’t expect that we continue to adopt a lot more policies that are restricting of a lot more content.”