US Elections 2020: Facebook prepares ‘emergency’ measures to calm attainable violence

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The US tech big Facebook may introduce emergency measures to manage viral content in case of election-related conflicts and unrest within the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing knowledgeable sources.

According to the media outlet, citing sources, Facebook intends to calm the attainable violence with instruments that have been specifically developed for so-called international locations at-risk.

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“We’ve spent years building for safer, more secure elections. … We’ve applied lessons from previous elections, hired experts, and built new teams with experience across different areas to prepare for various scenarios,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone mentioned, as quoted by the newspaper.

(Read: Trump, Biden to step up campaigning in concluding week before polls)

The instruments, which Facebook is planning to deploy, have been earlier designed for “at-risk” international locations and have already been utilized in Myanmar and Sri Lanka. They enable holding back the extend of viral content and decrease the edge for the identification of probably inflammatory posts.

Facebook will implement such measures just in case of a important scenario that will trigger election-related violence, the paper wrote, noting that if the corporate decides to make use of these instruments, they’ll change the knowledge that tens of millions of Americans obtain.

(Read: Nearly 59 million Americans have already voted, however await ballot outcome could possibly be lengthy, says report)

The Wall Street Journal added that this plan has been criticized by some members of the Facebook group and the representatives of the Republican and Democratic groups, who imagine that the implementation of content regulation measures will hamper political dialogue.

The US presidential election, through which Trump is going through off Democratic nominee Joe Biden, is ready for November 3. Early voting has already began in some states. (ANI/Sputnik)

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