Facebook’s tools for ‘at-risk’ countries will be used to manage U.S. election unrest

Facebook's tools for 'at-risk' countries will be used to manage U.S. election unrest

Facebook is apparently preparing to break out the emergency tool kit to deal with the 2020 U.S. election. 

These internal tools, typically reserved for use in “at-risk” countries, help to slow down the spread of viral misinformation related to an election or other major event, The Wall Street Journal reports.  Sources “familiar with the matter” say the company is ready to implement those tools if needed as the 2020 election concludes.

As part of the process, Facebook will not only slow down the spread of posts as they go viral, but will also alter the news feed to change the type of content that appears. Additionally, the company might also “lower the threshold” for what its software considers to be dangerous content. Read more…

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