In the face of a contentious US election that turns into a mail-in voting amid a steady spike in pandemic cases across the United States, Menlo Park, CA-headquartered social networking industry mogul Facebook Inc. said on Thursday that the company would enact a swathe of measures in a bid to ensure that its platform could not be exploited for spreading misinformation as it had been happened during 2016 US Presidential Election when a British data analytics now-defunct Cambridge Analytica had breached Facebook Inc.’s security protocol and aired millions of Facebook profile details of American voters, a slanderous scandal believed to have helped the Republicans four years earlier to seize the control of White House.
In point of fact, Facebook Inc.’s latest cautious remarks came against the backdrop of a number of political chaos having been exasperated through its social media platform, while the latest in the series could be a year-long pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong.
Facebook prepares for a dubious election with no immediate result
In tandem, since the social networking behemoth has been bracing for a brisker US election with possible “civil unrest” and no immediate results, thanks to the mail-in voting, the company said in a statement later this week that it would be restricting issuance of new political ads a week before the US Presidential election adding it had also been working out an option to remove political posts that might result in civil unrest and could convey misinformation regarding the voting.
Meanwhile, in latest sign that Facebook Inc. would not be committing the same mistakes during the Nov. 3 Presidential election, Facebook Chief Zuckerberg said in a post on Thursday, “This election is not going to be business as usual.
We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy. That means helping people register and vote, clearing up confusion about how this election will work, and taking steps to reduce the chances of violence and unrest”.
However, pouring fresh scorns over the latest move from Zuckerberg & Co., Shaunna Thomas, a co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet, a feminist critic to Facebook Inc., was quoted saying following Facebook Inc.
statement that the latest Facebook announcement had been more of a publicity stunt instrumented to distract the fact that Facebook Inc. platforms could have been the largest catalyst to spread dangerous misinformation alongside to lead voter suppression campaigns adding “Voting starts in North Carolina tomorrow.
Election Day isn’t in two months, it’s tomorrow and every day after. Which means voters in that state and many others that vote early will be subject to months of dishonest ads on Facebook’s platform. ”