Jul 21, 2020

Facebook labels Trump and Biden posts on voting in US 2020 election

Facebook has begun labelling posts from US President Donald Trump about voting, including one that claimed current rules on postal votes could lead to a "Corrupt" election. "Because of the difficulty of judging this at scale, we are adopting a policy of attaching a link to our Voting Information Centre for posts that discuss voting, including from politicians. This isn't a judgement of whether the posts themselves are accurate, but we want people to have access to authoritative information either way." Mr Trump has also been vocal on social media about what he sees as the dangers of postal voting, known in the US as mail-out voting. Postal voting could play a significant role in the 2020 election because of the coronavirus pandemic. The approaches of the two social media platforms favoured by the US president still differ, though - as Facebook has pledged to label anything about voting in the US election that's shared, including by politicians, regardless of whether it's misleading.

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