With the US presidential elections nearing, the Big Tech social media giant Facebook is now taking measures to restrict the kind of dissenting conversations that supposedly could spiral into sparking “violence” on its platform.
Nick Clegg, Facebook's global affairs head and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said that the company was reviewing “some glass-breaking options available to us if there really is an extremely chaotic and, worse still, violent set of circumstances.”
Clegg did not give any specifics on how Facebook was going to achieve its objectives in this particular case. Nonetheless, he did reveal that the Big Tech platform was capable enough to restrict content and that it has previously employed “pretty exceptional measures to significantly restrict the circulation of content on our platform.”
Facebook is relying on several personnel to prepare itself for better “responding” to the US election results.
Moreover, like other social media platforms, Facebook is trying to defeat “misinformation” by putting several policies in place as the election time is nearing. The company, for instance, has announced early this month that political ads will not be accepted on the platform from a week before the day of the election. It is also pushing content through its “Voter Information Center.”
Based on what an unnamed source had revealed, it was found that Facebook has already modeled 70 election outcomes and also mapped its responses to those outcomes.