Nick Clegg, head of the global affairs, reported to the Financial Times that Facebook is considering some break-glass options which will be made available during the chaotic conditions created during the U.S. presidential elections. Facebook will not let the violence spread and take aggressive yet strict actions to restrict such content immediately. Clegg, however, did not elaborate on what those options are, but he mentioned how Facebook has always taken actions against content that violates the terms of the company and harms society.
Facebook, along with several other social media platforms, has already started to remove the content that was leading to misinformation regarding elections, spreading hate, or meddling elections. The company had announced that it wouldn’t be accepting political advertisement a week prior to the Election Day. Furthermore, Facebook is also helping the U.S. citizens to learn how to vote by promoting its very own Voting Information Center.
Any post that announces victory before the official announcement of the results will get a label by Facebook. The tech giant’s efforts are not only for American politics but also for every state in the world. One example is that the company removed all the posts before Myanmar elections that contained hate speech.