Facebook bans ‘militarized’ calls for poll watching

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Facebook has prohibited calls for poll watching that use “militarized language” as it tightened a slew of restrictions before US elections next month amid mounting alarm that unfounded claims online could lead to violence.

The planet’s largest social network is scrambling to correct its rules for the November the 3rd general election vote, despite saying last month that it had put its last coverages, as the GOP mobilize thousands of volunteers to observe polls for evidence backing up President Trump’s complaints regarding voter fraud.

The president’s son Donald Trump Jr. searched such volunteers for this particular “Army for Trump” at a September movie that racked up countless views on social networking.

Facebook is allowing that video to remain up, while affirming that it would be in breach of the organization’s new rules.

Voting-rights activists are concerned experiences at polling stations could escalate at a tense year that’s already seen armed militias face off against protestors in some cities, much of that has been organized on social networks.

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The Democratic Party has hired voter defence managers in more than a dozen states to lead more comprehensive operations than in past cycles, party officials have said.

STRUGGLE TO SETTLE

Facebook also extended a moratorium on new US political advertisements, following in the footsteps of Google in saying it would block these ads indefinitely after polls close.

The business has struggled to settle in an approach to political ads. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg last year cast himself as a steadfast defender of free speech for refusing to impose limitations favoured by the organization’s peers.

Mr Zuckerberg notably gave some ground last month, stating in a statement pitched as the company’s final word on election policies which Facebook would block new political advertisements from the week before the election.

Facebook then said it would reject ads that prematurely claim victory or indicate that official results are invalid.

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The company also announced more a proactive approach to organic falsehoods, which election specialists have warned could be the biggest threat on Election Day.

It said it would respond to parties or candidates making premature claims of success with the addition of a label stating the election has not yet been predicted and revealing notifications on top of news feed with authoritative information about the condition of the race.

Posts from presidential candidates contesting the official outcome could get a tag showing the announced winner’s name, the business said.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Katie Paul. Additional reporting by Elizabeth Culliford. Editing by Greg Mitchell, Peter Henderson and Grant McCool.

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