FB steps up fight against misinfo ahead of US polls
The Morning Standard|August 14, 2020
FB steps up fight against misinfo ahead of US polls
US users will start seeing labels to voting-related posts that direct them to authoritative information about the Presidential election


OAKLAND: Beginning Thursday, US Facebook users who post about voting may start seeing an addendum to their messages — labels directing readers to authoritative information about the upcoming presidential election.

It’s the social network’s latest step to combat election-related misinformation on its platform as the November 3 election nears — one in which many voters may be submitting ballots by mail for the first time. The social networking giant began adding similar links to posts about in-person and mailin balloting by federal politicians, including President Donald Trump, in July.

These labels will link to a new voter information hub similar to one about Covid-19 that Facebook says has been seen by billions of users around the world.

The labels will read, “Visit the Voting Information Center for election resources and official updates.”


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August 14, 2020