Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday warned of the possibility of civil unrest when the votes are checked in a US election as a “test” for the social network.
Zuckerberg expressed his concern while describing protections against misinformation and persecution of voters at the top social network to avoid the types of fraud and abuse that occurred four years ago.
“I worry that with our country too divided and the election results likely to take days or weeks to complete, there is a risk of civil unrest,” said Zuckerberg, who was also baked. in a session on Capitol Hill earlier this week, said.
“With this, companies like ours need to go beyond what we̵7;ve done before.”
The confusion earlier this week about political ads at Facebook broke the beginnings of what is supposed to be a cooling period ahead of the November 3 US presidential election.
Opposition parties complain that Facebook is undermining campaign efforts after mistakes have emerged surrounding a new ban of paid political ads announced last week on Election Day.
“We are investigating the issue of some incorrectly paused ads and some advertisers having difficulty making changes to their campaigns,” Facebook Product Manager Rob Leathern said in a tweet when the ban started on Tuesday.
Publishers of political ads can circumvent the ban by uploading ads to Facebook ahead of time, and then spreading them to a wider audience afterwards.
California-based Facebook has also tightened regulations on political advertising ahead of the 2020 election in other ways, including banning attempts to sabotage the electoral process.
In Facebook’s library of paid posts – a list that the public can see – for President Donald Trump’s campaign, what appeared to be a winning ad that was showing up.
And on Tuesday, a senior media advisor to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Megan Clasen, tweeted a screenshot of Trump’s Facebook ad showing a picture of the president and the message ” Election day is today. “
But the former vice president’s campaign was announced by Facebook that it cannot launch ads saying election day is “today” or even “tomorrow,” Clasen said in a tweet.
Democrat political strategist Eric Reif said on Twitter that he and others were working to restore ads that were mistakenly deleted by Facebook.
“While next week will be a quiz for Facebook, I’m proud of the work we’ve done here,” Zuckerberg said.
“I also know that our work doesn’t stop after November 3,” Zuckerberg said.
“So we will continue to anticipate new threats, develop our approach, and fight to protect the integrity of the democratic process and the right of people to give their voice across the board. world.”
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