The Biden campaign has asked Facebook to step up enforcement of President Donald Trump’s misleading and inaccurate posts, accusing the social media giant of failing to fulfill its recent promises of censorship check inaccuracies related to the election.
In a strong word three pages of mail to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg get of Axios, Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon called Facebook “the nation’s leading advocate of misinformation about the voting process.” She pointed at corporate commitment in early September to “protect our democracy” by “clearing the confusion about how this election works” and by “fighting[ing] wrong information. “
“Three weeks have passed,” writes Dillon. “Instead of seeing progress, we’ve seen a setback. Facebook’s continued promise of action in the future is nothing more than an excuse for inaction. “
In response to Dillon’s letter, a Facebook spokesperson said the company heard harsh complaints from both sides about the partisan divide. “We have faced criticism from Republicans for prejudice against conservatives and Democrats for not taking further steps,” the spokesperson said in a statement. to limit exact similar content ”. “We have rules to protect election integrity and freedom of expression, and we will continue to apply them fairly.”
On September 3, Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will remove false and misleading statements about the voting process that could cause someone to lose their chance to vote. He also stated that Facebook will not allow political ads in the week leading up to the election.
“We all have a responsibility to defend our democracy,” Zuckerberg wrote at the time. “That means helping people register and vote, clear up the confusion about how this election works, and take steps to reduce the risk of violence and instability.”
On the same day that Zuckerberg made the announcement, Trump wrote a Facebook post that encourage some cast their ballots by mail to cast a second ballot in person. Facebook added a label at the end of the post that said, “Mail voting has a long history of trustworthiness in the United States.”
Trump has made a number of false and misleading claims on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter in the weeks since.
For example, on Monday, he stated on both platforms that “Ballots returned to States could not be accurately counted.”
Twitter put a label on Trump’s tweet urging people to click through to “learn how to vote by mail safely and securely”. Facebook initially placed a label on its post that linked to the company’s Voting Information Center “for official sources of election information and updates”. After an online backlashFacebook has changed the label to make it clearer that the post was misleading.
In his letter to Zuckerberg, Dillon argued that Facebook should go further: “delete Mr. Trump’s posts, violate your policies”.
“[B]y now, ”added Dillon,“ Mr. Trump clearly understands that Facebook will not keep him under their clearly stated policies.