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News Bytes 09/8/2020 14 Comments

November’s U.S. presidential election could be contentious. Analysts predict late results and possible “civil unrest.” In response, social media giant Facebook is working to ensure its platform isn’t used to sow chaos and spread misinformation.

Facebook says it will prohibit politicians and campaigns from running new ads in the week before the election. However, they can still run existing ads and change how they are targeted.

Posts with obvious misinformation on voting policies and the coronavirus pandemic will be removed. The company will also work to provide official election results and make the information widely available.

“We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says. “That means helping people register and vote, clearing up confusion about how this election will work, and taking steps to reduce the chances of violence and unrest.”

Of course, there’s also the issue of allowing “no corrupting talk [to] come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up”! (Ephesians 4:29)

Some activists hailed Facebook’s new policies but say the company must enforce them. Others are skeptical the changes will make a difference.

For example, many voters are expected to vote by mail well ahead of Election Day. “Election Day isn’t in two months; it’s tomorrow and every day after. Which means voters . . . [who] vote early will be subject to months of dishonest ads on Facebook’s platform,” says Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet, a women’s organization critical of Facebook.

She calls the announcement a “PR stunt.” Thomas believes Facebook is a primary carrier “of dangerous misinformation and voter suppression.”

Facebook expert Siva Vaidhyanathan says, “Even when [Facebook] creates reasonable policies that seem well-meaning, it gets defeated by its own scale. So I am not optimistic that this will be terribly effective.”

Civil rights groups directly asked Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives to make many of the changes.

Joan Donovan, a disinformation researcher at Harvard University, calls the action “a huge about-face for Facebook.” She says, “For so long they said they were unwilling to moderate political speech and now at this stage they are drawing very sharp lines, and I think that’s because their company cannot survive another four-year scandal.”

(The logo for Facebook at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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1st Comment

I understand what Facebook is trying to do, and that is good. But I also agree with what Shaunna Thomas said. I don't exactly like Facebook or any other social media, because ANYONE can get on and look at your life. And yes, they can put all kinds of false stuff on.
Is anyone else getting weird weather this week? Because we are! Yesterday, it was almost 100 degrees, and last night a cold front came in, and tonight it is supposed to get below freezing!! And we still have tons of stuff in the garden that isn't ready yet that we will have to cover to try to save. . Dad is worried about his wheat crops and stuff that are just coming up. They might die if they get frozen too hard. and I don't know what all the watermelon and pumpkin farmers will do around here. Sure, it is fine I guess if tha plant dies, but if the frost get on the pumpkins and watermelons, it ruins the whole thing. And they can't cover a whole field with blankets like we can the garden. Not good. And then it is supposed to be back up in the 80's for the later part of the week.

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check out the Tyson to open clinics add for a neat story about our calves that I posted. Totally a God thing.

3rd Comment

I like that Facebook is trying to stop voter oppression. Even if it stops people from hearing the truth, I would still rather Facebook be a politics free site. My Mom has been on Facebook for years but she she doesn't just scroll through it anymore because of all the BLM and presidential candidates stuff. She only looks at specific groups that believe in the same things she does. America has literally gone crazy.

3rd Comment

Facebook will definitely abuse the misinformation label to block many Republicans so that they can push the Radical Left.

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Sorry Sarah F

@ Asher E

I agree

I absolutely agree with Asher

I absolutely agree with Asher E.

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Its a lot to think about... But I agree with the first comment.

Ninth Comment

I hope America doesn't get too crazed about things. I agree with Asher E
Riley D: I have been weird weather too. Earlier this week it was 115 and there's been a lot of fires. Today though it's super misty and cool. Though (sadly) it is now getting hotter.

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[There has been some weird weather]

this is Mylee

the mail in ballots are awful trust me. When we go block walking for the G.O.P. lots of people recieved mail in ballots but refused to mail them in because there is more of a chance for cheats.

this is Mylee

p.s. the weather has been getting cooler which is strange for September that doesn't happen till August.

In response, social media

In response, social media giant Facebook is working to ensure its platform isn’t used to sow chaos and spread misinformation. This is a oxymoron, they are in support of the democratic alt-left. They will target the GOP supporting acounts with bans for even talking about the election (Including Trumps) and sit silently as Joe Biden says he has won before the offical anouncement comes out. Trump will win, no question, the silent majority will triump.

My family will have to mail

My family will have to mail in ballots since we don't live in America. Mailing in ballots isn't exactly safe since the other party can mail in fake votes. I hope Trump wins, but let God's will be done.

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