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After being accused of ‘buying' the 2020 election, Facebook announces it's getting even more involved in US state elections

Added 10-20-21 12:37:03am EST - “Mired in employee ?whistleblowers' and document leaks, Facebook is rushing to cleanse its image ahead of upcoming elections, highlighting several ?election integrity' features aimed at helping users in 11 states vote next month.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “After being accused of ‘buying’ the 2020 election, Facebook announces it’s getting even more involved in US state elections”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The social media giant plans to remind users in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington how to find their local polling place and other voting-related details the day before Election Day, it revealed in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

Ahead of next month’s elections in the US, we’re helping people register to vote, preventing interference and combating misinformation. We’re showing people reliable information in News Feed about how to vote with a link to their state’s official election website. pic.twitter.com/6EI9mt3dc4

Touting its ability to “proactively” unleash teams to slap down efforts at election misinformation and voter suppression, Facebook reminded that the final say over whether a post violates the platform’s guidelines will have “independent fact-checking partners review and rate false content on [its] apps.” The impartiality of third-party fact-checkers and Facebook's own moderators have been, however, repeatedly called into question. For instance, it was revealed last year that Facebook moderators manually intervened to remove a New York Post bombshell alleging influence-peddling by Hunter Biden. While at the time Facebook called the purge a part of its “standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation,” the authenticity of key documents in the story has recently been confirmed.

Facebook’s cozy relationship with the Biden administration that saw the White House flagging “problematic posts” on the so-called medical misinformation for the platform,  has also raised concerns about Facebook’s inherent political bias. The accusations that Facebook and its Big Tech peers do the bidding for the Democratic party by suppressing conservative voices have been long levelled by Republicans, but are typically dismissed as conspiracy theories - often by the accused themselves.  

While Facebook brags its Voting Information Centers helped some 4.5 million people register to vote in the 2020 election and were seen by 33 million users on Election Day alone, the platform has been accused of “buying” last year’s vote - and “likely” delivering it into the hands of President Joe Biden, according to analysis conducted by a team of researchers at at the Caesar Rodney Election Research Institute and published last week.

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