Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the company is taking steps to address the increased risk of potential civil unrest associated with the November 3 US presidential election.
Zuckerberg said in a Facebook third-quarter earnings call: “I worry that with our country being divided and election results may take days or weeks to be finalized, at risk chances of nationwide civil unrest “. “With this, companies like ours need to go beyond what we’ve done before.”
Zuckerberg notes the steps Facebook has taken to deal with this increased risk. This includes helping users register to vote, providing users with accurate information about the election, banning new political ads a week before the election, blocking ads that try to authorize election results. appoint and ban questionable content, such as groups that focus on conspiracy theories QAnon and Holocaust denialism.
“This is not a change in our fundamental philosophy or a strong support for freedom of speech,”; Zuckerberg said. “Instead, it reflects the increased risk of violence and instability.”
Facebook is not alone in these concerns. Walmart on Thursday also removed guns and ammunition from the sales floors in stores where those items were on display because of an isolated “civil unrest” incident in some areas around the United States. .