Facebook is among the most latest tech giant to state its executives are organizing for a few of the worst case scenarios following the 2020 presidential election. During an interview with the Financial Times, Nick Clegg, the company’s head of global affairs, said that the business is gaming out how it could cope with civil violence or unrest following election.
“There are several break-glass possibilities to us when there is an exceptionally chaotic and really, worse still, violent group of circumstances,” Clegg said.
Clegg didn’t offer specifics on the plans, or what might trigger these “break-glass options.” But he suggested that the business might consider “pretty exceptional measures to significantly restrict the circulation of content on our platform.” He described the ongoing company has had such steps far away during the past, including Sri Lanka and Myanmar (where Facebook’s early inaction against hate speech has been credited with inflaming tensions that led to genocide).
Separately, the paper was told by another source that the social networking is considering “about 70” scenarios, and that it’s dealing with “world-class military scenario planners.” Clegg, Sheryl Mark and Sandberg Zuckerberg will be on the list of executives deciding when to place these plans in motion.
Facebook has been repeatedly criticized for not acting enough to fight disinformation on its platform quickly. The ongoing company has been battling a wave of rumors and misinformation concerning the coronavirus pandemic, which is likely to complicate the upcoming election as more folks are anticipated to vote by mail. Recently, the business has come under fire for not doing to avoid the spread of QAnon enough, a conspiracy theory the FBI has said could pose a domestic terror threat, and far-right militia groups.
Other platforms also have introduced new policies to handle the initial circumstances of the upcoming election, like the chance for violence. Twitter’s newly updated election misinformation policy includes provisions to handle content which could “prevent a peaceful transfer of power or orderly succession.”