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Facebook Plans to Label Posts 'More Aggressively'

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(AP)

Sunday, 06 September 2020 04:55 PM EDT

Facebook Inc. will "much more aggressively" label posts meant to manipulate or mislead U.S. voters in the lead-up to November's presidential election, said Nick Clegg, a top company official.

"We're now going to do this much more forcefully between now and November the third," Clegg, Facebook's vice president for global affairs and communications, said Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

Facebook's stepped-up efforts at content-flagging are being done in conjunction with the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center.

The social network last week announced new policies to combat misinformation and voter suppression, including a ban on new political ads on its platform in the week before Election Day, and removal of posts that claim people will contract Covid-19 if they take part in voting.

In a year when increased vote by mail could delay the final results of some contests, the company also said it will add labels to posts from politicians who try to claim victory before official outcomes are known.

Read more: Democrats Hold Secret Edge If Election Is Too Close to Call

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has warned of potential "civil unrest and violence" while election results hang in the balance.

Hours after unveiling the changes last week, Facebook flagged a post from President Donald Trump suggesting that people vote in person as well as by mail, which is illegal, adding a label that directed users to its voting information center.

"Voting by mail has a long history of trustworthiness in the U.S. and the same is predicted this year," Facebook wrote on the label appended to the president's post.

Facebook has been criticized about misinformation that flowed freely on the social-media platform during the 2016 election, and also for not moving quickly enough in the current voting cycle.

"We're moving with the pace of the election campaign," Clegg said. "This is not the first time we've announced policies on election campaigns and how they play out on our platform. We're constantly iterating."

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Facebook Inc. will "much more aggressively" label posts meant to manipulate or mislead U.S. voters in the lead-up to November's presidential election, said Nick Clegg, a top company official."We're now going to do this much more forcefully between now and November the...
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