Facebook prepares emergency measures to regulate content during US election: report

Facebook will only implement such measures in serious circumstances.

Washington:

US tech giant Facebook could introduce emergency measures to regulate viral content amid election-related disputes and unrest in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing knowledgeable sources.

According to the media, citing sources, Facebook intended to silence potential violence with devices developed specifically for so-called at-risk countries.

Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said: “We have spent years looking for safer and more secure elections. We learned from the previous elections, hired experts and created new teams with experience in various fields. . ”, As quoted by the newspaper.

The devices, which Facebook plans to roll out, were previously designed for “at risk” countries and have already been used in Myanmar and Sri Lanka. They inhibit the spread of viral material and lower the threshold for identifying potential inflammatory positions.

Facebook will only implement such measures in the event of a serious situation that could lead to election-related violence, the newspaper notes that if the company decides to use these devices, it will disseminate information to millions of people. ‘Americans. Will change

The Wall Street Journal said the plan had been criticized by some members of the Facebook team and representatives of the Republican and Democratic parties, who believe that the implementation of the content control measures will disrupt the political debate.

The US presidential election, with Trump facing Democratic candidate Joe Biden, is scheduled for November 3. Voting has already started in some states

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