Facebook will block political messages before the elections

Facebook elections. The social network will prohibit the publication of all political announcements and messages from the week before the...

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  • Facebook elections. The social network will prohibit the publication of all political announcements and messages from the week before the elections
  • The popular network also intends to expand its “work with election officials to eliminate misinformation about voting.”
  • He acknowledges that “these elections are not going to be like always. We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy ”

Facebook elections. The social network will ban the publication of all new political announcements and messages on its pages from a week before the presidential elections in the United States, the founder of this social network, Mark Zuckerberg, announced on Thursday.

“We are going to block any new political ads and stop running ads during the last week of the campaign (electoral in the United States). It is important that the campaigns can be developed, and I think that so that a bad speech is not produced, it is better not to add more speech, ”says Zuckerberg in a long message on the network he founded.

The popular network also aims to expand its “work with election officials to eliminate misinformation about voting.”

“We have already committed to partnering with state electoral authorities to identify and eliminate false claims about voting conditions in the last 72 hours of the campaign, but since these elections will include large amounts of early voting, we are extending that period to begin now and continue with this work until we have a final result ”of the elections, explains Zuckerberg.

He acknowledges that “these elections are not going to be like always. We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy. “

“That means helping people register and vote, clearing up the confusion about how this election will work, and taking steps to reduce the chances of violence and riots.”

The US presidential elections, which will take place on November 3, will face Republican Donald Trump, who is running for re-election, and Democrat Joe Biden, and their celebration is expected to be conditioned by the coronavirus pandemic, given that the United States is the country in the world most affected by covid-19.

The authorities also foresee a considerable increase in voting by mail, something that Trump believes can lead to irregularities and harm him.

“There are barely two months to go until the United States elections and with the Covid-19 affecting communities throughout the country, I am concerned about the challenges that people could face when voting,” says the head of Facebook.

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“I am also concerned that with our nation so divided and given that the election results could be known in days or weeks as the count slows, there could be an increased risk of civil unrest across the country,” he stresses.

Therefore, “we are going to reduce the risk of misinformation and harmful content that goes viral by limiting the forwarding of messages through Messenger.”

Still, you can “share information about the elections, but we will limit the number of chats you can send a message to at the same time. We have already implemented this on WhatsApp during sensitive periods and have found it to be an effective method to prevent disinformation from spreading in many countries, ”Zuckerberg says.

He also recalls that in previous elections they verified that there were coordinated online efforts by foreign governments and individuals to interfere “in our elections. This threat has not disappeared ”.

This week Facebook has eliminated a network of 13 accounts and 2 pages “that were trying to deceive Americans and amplify the division. We have invested a lot in our security systems and now we have some of the most sophisticated equipment and systems in the world to prevent these attacks, ”he says.

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Trump qualifies controversial statements in which he asked to vote twice

The president, Donald Trump, tried this Thursday to qualify some controversial statements in which he had asked North Carolina residents to test the security of the electoral system and vote twice in the November elections, once by mail and once in person.

These statements are part of Trump’s offensive against postal voting, which many states are expanding due to the pandemic and which the president believes may favor fraud, despite the fact that numerous studies show that this is extremely unlikely.

Today Trump assured on Twitter that, in reality, his statements on Wednesday sought to urge voters to verify that their vote has been counted.

“TO MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS, SIGN AND MAIL your ballot AS SOON as possible. On Election Day or early voting, go to your polling place to see if your vote has been counted or not. If it has been counted you will not be able to vote and then the vote-by-mail system will have worked properly, ”Trump said.

“If it has not been counted,” he added, “VOTE (which is the right of any citizen).”

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In fact, this Wednesday the president made no mention of verifying the votes and specifically asked North Carolina residents to vote twice, something that would constitute a serious crime under the laws of that state and would amount to electoral fraud.

Specifically, in statements to the press during a visit to Wilmington (North Carolina), Trump said: “Let them send it (the vote by mail) and let them vote, and if their system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote. If it is not tabulated, they will be able to vote ”.

The president also repeated that idea directly to some of his supporters who were waiting for him when he landed in that city, telling them: “Send (your vote by mail) early and then go and vote (in person). They cannot let them take away their vote, these people are playing dirty politics ”.

Today, the director of the North Carolina state board of elections, Brinson Bell, explained that there are numerous security measures to prevent a person from voting twice and, for example, workers at the polls have access to records that show whether that citizen has already exercised his right by mail.

“Voting twice in an election or requesting someone to vote is a violation of North Carolina law,” Bell warned.

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