Presidential election: Facebook will take restrictive measures if the election turns into chaos

Presidential election: Facebook will take restrictive measures if election turns into chaos

Washington | Facebook will take exceptional measures to “contain the circulation” of certain information on its platform if the outcome of the US presidential election turns violent or chaos, a group leader said Tuesday in an interview with the Financial Times .

Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president responsible for international affairs, said the social media group had made plans to manage the flow of information in the event of scenarios ranging from social tensions to political protests.

“We have emergency options if we face chaotic or worse, violent circumstances,” Clegg told the Financial Times, without giving details of what Facebook would do.

These preparations for the end of the November 3 vote come as the social media giant is under pressure to show that it is no longer a means of massive disinformation as in the 2016 polls or the British referendum on Brexit.

“We have already acted in other parts of the world where there was real social instability and we obviously have the tools”, added the leader, referring to “very exceptional measures to restrict the circulation of content” on the platform .

The newspaper recalls that during times of turmoil in Sri Lanka and Burma, Facebook reduced the amount of content that could be shared by those who repeatedly break the rules.

Facebook recently removed the accounts of the far-right American group Patriot Prayer, involved in violence against anti-racist protesters in Portland in the west of the country, and one of whose members had been killed.

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