Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg warned Thursday about the potential for civil unrest as the votes are counted in a U.S. election that will be “a test” for the social network.
Zuckerberg expressed his concern as he described safeguards against misinformation and oppression of voters on the leading social network aimed at avoiding the kind of deception and abuse that played out four years ago.
“I am concerned that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or weeks to complete, there is a risk of civil unrest,” said Zuckerberg, who had also been grilled during a session on Capitol Hill earlier this week. .
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Confusion early in the week over political ads on Facebook terrifying the start of what was supposed to be a cooling-off period ahead of the November 3 US presidential election.
Rival parties complained that Facebook was undermining the campaign after a blunder erupted over a ban on new paid political ads being published the week before election day.
“We’re investigating issues with some ads being paused incorrectly and some advertisers having trouble making changes to their campaigns,” Facebook Product Manager Rob Leathern said in a tweet when the ban began Tuesday.
Political ad publishers can avoid the ban by having the ads loaded on Facebook before the deadline and then disseminating them to a wider audience later.
California-based Facebook has tightened its rules on political advertising ahead of the 2020 election in other ways, including banning attempts to undermine the electoral process.
In the Facebook-paid job library – a list that can be seen by the public – for President Donald Trump’s campaign, what appeared to be a victory ad is already visible.
And on Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s senior media adviser, Megan Clasen, tweeted a screenshot of a Trump Facebook ad showing a picture of the president and the announcement “Election day is today.”
But the former vice presidential campaign had been told by Facebook that they could not launch ads that said election day was “today” or even “tomorrow,” Clasen said in the tweet.
Democratic political strategist Eric Reif said on Twitter that he and others were working to get ads restored that had been mistakenly removed by Facebook.
“While next week will be a test for Facebook, I’m proud of the work we’ve done here,” Zuckerberg said.
“I also know that our work will not stop after November 3,” Zuckerberg said.
“So we will continue to anticipate new threats, develop our approach and fight to protect the integrity of the democratic process and the right of the people to make their voices heard around the world.”
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