Facebook removed or put warning labels on 150 million election-related pieces of content, Zuckerberg to tell senators

by Laura Mize · Nov 17th, 2020 3:11 pm
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Last Updated Nov 18th, 2020 at 8:22 am

Social media giant Facebook attached warning labels to or removed 150 million pieces of content related to the 2020 election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to tell the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey both were scheduled to appear before the committee's 22 Senators.

"We partnered with election officials to remove false claims about polling conditions and displayed warnings on more than 150 million pieces of content after review by our independent third-party fact-checkers," Zuckerberg's planned remarks read, in part. "We put in place strong voter suppression policies prohibiting explicit or implicit misrepresentations about how or when to vote as well as attempts to use threats related to COVID-19 to scare people into not voting."

Since the election, Facebook has removed a group called "Stop the Steal" that amassed more than 350,000 members in fewer than 24 hours. The company holds that there were "worrying calls for violence from some members of the group."

Zuckerberg is expected to communicate that the company is willing to participate with legislators in addressing regulation that affects social media platforms.


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