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Technology Facebook's high-profile critics urge it to do more to safeguard US elections

01:00  01 october  2020
01:00  01 october  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Some of Facebook's most prominent critics on Wednesday called on the social network to take steps to safeguard democracy ahead of the US elections in November, accusing it of not enforcing its own rules against inciting violence.

a close up of a sign: Facebook critics say the social network needs to do more to safeguard the US elections. Angela Lang/CNET © Provided by CNET Facebook critics say the social network needs to do more to safeguard the US elections. Angela Lang/CNET

The group calls itself the Real Facebook Oversight Board and is made up of high-profile journalists, activists, academics, politicians and business people. Members include Facebook investor Roger McNamee, Filipino-American journalist Maria Ressa (who co-founded the news site Rappler), Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, Color of Change President Rashad Robinson and UK Parliament member Damian Collins.

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During a press conference on Wednesday, the group outlined a list of demands for Facebook. The social network should enforce its rules including a policy against inciting violence along with banning paid ads that mention the presidential election results until one candidate is declared the winner and the other concedes. Facebook should also label posts about presidential election results as untrue and premature before the results come out, the group says.

The demands show that Facebook continues to face more pressure to do a better job of combating misinformation and hate speech before the US elections in November.

Facebook has faced criticism this year for how it interprets its own rules. The company didn't pull down a post by President Donald Trump that said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," sparking a rare virtual walkout by Facebook employees in June. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said even though the post "had a troubling historical reference" the company decided to leave it up because it had a reference to the National Guard and the social network "read it as a warning about state action."

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a close up of a logo: Facebook critics say the social network needs to do more to safeguard the US elections. © Angela Lang/CNET

Facebook critics say the social network needs to do more to safeguard the US elections.

Robinson said he also asked Facebook to deal with Donald Trump Jr.'s calls on the social network for supporters of the president to show up to the polls. Black communities say these calls are a "threat" to their ability to express their "will for a better future," he said.

"The folks at Facebook sent me an email quibbling about the words...," he said. "Our blood will have to be shed before Facebook does anything."

Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The company has said it will stop accepting political and issue ads a week before the election and will reject ads that claim victory before the election results are declared. Facebook has also said that it will label posts by any candidate or campaign that tries to declare victory before the final results, directing users to the official results from Reuters and the National Election Pool. The company partners with third-party fact checkers, who do label posts as false, but Facebook doesn't send posts from politicians to these fact checkers.

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Unlike many other countries, in the US , there are only two parties considered by most voters - the Democrats (the liberal, left-of-centre party) and the The popular vote - the sheer number of votes received by each candidate - will have nothing to do with determining the winner of the 3 November

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Facebook also created what it also calls an oversight board that would have the power to overrule or uphold the social network's decisions about what content to leave up or pull down. But that group plans to launch in October and Facebook has up to 90 days to act on a decision.

Carole Cadwalladr, the Guardian and Observer journalist known for exposing the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal, founded a UK advocacy group called The Citizens that started the Real Facebook Oversight Board.

She said the group was created as an emergency response because the other board formed by Facebook won't launch in time to impact US election content.

"We really hope that they can do something in the longer term to hold Facebook to account, but they are not going to be holding them to account right now at this critical time," Cadwalladr said.

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