Facebook said it intended to temporarily suspend all political advertising, a move the company said was intended to reduce confusion, misinformation and abuse of its services in the days following the presidential election.
The company also said it would remove polls when these posts use military or intimidating suggestions.expressions. Executives said the policy applies to everyone, including President Trump and others officials. Trump has asked people to take part in the polls, including the presidential one discussion, and the son of President Donald Trump Jr. appeared in an ad last month urging them people to "defend their vote" and join an "army" to protect the election.
Facebook moves are coming faced with the criticism that the company allows misinformation and intimidation by politicians and that its policy of not controlling political advertising has created a vacuum for misinformation that has been used repeatedly. The company had previously said it would suspend new political ads in the week before the election, but would allow previously approved ads to continue running.
Trump has refused to pledge that the transition to power will be peaceful. The company has designed or considered scenarios for how the elections, including whether Trump or other politicians question the election results, Facebook security chief Nathaniel Gleicher said in an interview.
To address this possibility, the company said it would send notifications on election night to Facebook and Instagram to announce the latest results, in collaboration with Reuters. If a Presidential candidate or party declares victory prematurely, the company will place labels on publications which will indicate that the count is in progress or will mark the post with the name of the winner.
"We believe we have done a lot more than any other company," said Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice president for integrity. "We considered it appropriate to introduce these new measures as we proceed to the final stage of the elections."
Facebook did not say how long it would continue to block ads, but in an internal note to sales staff received by the Washington Post, executives instructed staff to tell advertisers that the ban would last a week.
Twitter has also prepared extensively for the election. The company has explored almost twelve foreign and domestic scenarios misinformation for election night and the week after election day. This planning includes scenarios where people try to prevent others from voting by saying there are long queues at polling stations, and a scenario in which a "foreign power" hacks election information and leaks it to SOCIAL MEDIA. The company has banned all political advertising and has removed or added warning labels to several tweets that violate its anti-voter and electoral crackdown rules, including at least 14 by President Trump.