Facebook Inc will begin to ban and block advertisements that discourage people from voting. This is being implemented prior to 2020 presidential election according to its second annual Civil Rights Audit which was published on Sunday. Taken from the recent Reuters news article,
“Facebook pledged to put its new “don’t vote” policy prohibition into effect in the fall, before the 2019 U.S. elections on Nov. 5, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in a blog post announcing the report. Last year, Facebook expanded its policies against voter suppression by banning posts that spread misinformation on voting methods, election dates and times, and polling locations. Those rules include banning intimidation tactics such as misrepresentations on whether votes will be counted.
The new “don’t vote” policy is in its developmental stages and the company is seeking advice from voting organizations. Facebook said the policy is likely to only apply in the United States in its initial release and will not include the policing of organic posts from users. Facebook said it works proactively to remove malicious election-related content. The company is now encompassing “do not vote” ads in its efforts to ward off coordinated efforts to influence elections.
The social media giant has been used to spread misinformation about previous elections. U.S. intelligence agencies say there was an extensive Russian cyber-influence operation during the 2016 campaign aimed at helping President Donald Trump get elected. Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations.”