Facebook Will Ban for “False Information” About Long Lines at Polling Stations During U.S. Midterm Elections
MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA — October 16, 2018
Just four days after Facebook carried out its global purge on October 11, which affected over 800 pages and accounts with millions of subscribers, the social network’s public policy manager Jessica Leinwand announced that the Facebook administration is “now banning misrepresentations about how to vote, such as claims that you can vote by text message, and statements about whether a vote will be counted.”
Furthermore, a new reporting option on Facebook was introduced. Users can now report “incorrect voting info” on Facebook. All these actions and tools were presented as “part of our ongoing efforts to prevent people from misusing Facebook during elections.”
Facebook’s also broadening its policies against voter suppression — an action that is designed to deter or prevent people from voting. “These updates were designed to address new types of abuse that we’re seeing online,” Leinwand wrote.
Since 2016 Facebook has been prohibiting offers to buy or sell votes as well as misrepresentations about the dates, locations, times and qualifications for casting a ballot and removing this type of content.
Now, Facebook extended this policy further and is banning users if they consider their content about U.S. midterm elections to be a “misrepresentation.”
Facebook instituted a global ban on false information about when and where to vote in 2016, but Monday's move goes further, including posts about exaggerated identification requirements, or statements about conditions at polling sites that might deter people from showing up to vote, such as hours-long waits or violence, Euronews wrote.
The new policy was also disclosed by Facebook's cybersecurity policy chief, Nathaniel Gleicher, and other company executives.
The social platform got caught red-handed for close ties with state intelligence agencies. The Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed that Facebook exposed the personal data of 87 million users to a political consulting firm, of which Trump adviser Steve Bannon was vice-president and founder.
Another company involved in the scandal was Palantir, whose chairman and founder, Peter Thiel, was a major contributor in Trump's presidential campaign. Palantir not only has numerous contracts with the U.S. Intelligence Community and Department of Defense, but Thiel was Facebook's leading investor for many years.
The CIA established a non-profit venture capital corporation called In-Q-Tel (IQT). Top managers of IQT are founders or board members of Facebook. IQT is linked to Facebook through Palantir's Peter Thiel. In August of 2004, Thiel acquired a 10.2% stake in Facebook for $500,000. The next two capital injections were $12.7 million from Thiel and Accel Partners in May 2005 and then $27.5 million from an Accel-led round of financing that included Thiel, Accel, and Greylock Partners in April 2006. In 2012, Thiel sold the majority of his shares for over $1 billion, but remains on Facebook's board of directors. Thiel is also on the steering committee of the elite corporate strategy Bilderberg Group.
Another scandal involving Facebook is the Social Contagion Study, in which Facebook altered the news feed content of 700,000 unsuspecting users.
Facebook was publicly condemned for using Orwellian thought-policing on its users. The DoD's Minerva Research Initiative funded research by Cornell University for a similar study entitled Modeling Discourse and Social Dynamics in Authoritarian Regimes. Cornell University also worked on a study funded through 2017 managed by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, which aimed to develop an empirical model of the dynamics of social movement mobilization and contagions. The project aimed to determine the “critical mass” (tipping point) of social contagions by studying their “digital traces,” expert Lauren Smith wrote.
Facebook is also well-known for spreading spam, hoax messages, bias, and tolerance to pro-ISIS accounts, while banning journalists and independent media. Now Facebook will simply ban users account who spread “false information” about voting.
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