Facebook’s measures implemented Thursday to stop the spread of misinformation ahead of the 2020 presidential election are a step in the right direction, but the social media giant still has a ways to go to make certain its policies truly root out bad actors, says the “Stop Hate For Profit” campaign where companies stop advertising on Facebook over the missing moderation of hate speech.
Facebook said Thursday it would block new political ads in late October, among other measures, to reduce misinformation and interference. Zuckerberg during an interview with CBS said Facebook’s new enforcement will “definitely apply to the president.”
The social network said it would also strengthen measures against Facebook posts that attempt to dissuade people from voting and squash any candidates’ claims of false victories by redirecting users to accurate information on results.
Color of Change president Rashad Robinson in a statement lauded Facebook’s measures, but called on CEO Mark Zuckerberg to do more.
Color of Change supports the Stop Hate For Profit campaign. So does Coca Cola. Unilever, the NAACP and ADL.
"Facebook's new election policy updates indicate a step forward in the right direction, as the company is acknowledging the existence of harmful forces on the platform that seek to undermine our democratic process and the need to address, on a systemic level, its fundamental flaws that allow misinformation and hate to proliferate on its platform," Color of Change president Rashad Robinson said in a statement.
"But we all know that Facebook still has much more work to do to make certain its policies truly root out voter suppression and disinformation.
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