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Social Media And The Elections


Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Take Down Posts Amid/Post-Election. Many social media posts have been flagged or taken down, as many may have seen in the past few days surrounding the election.

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Take Down Posts Amid/Post-Election

November 3, 2020

Many social media posts have been flagged or taken down, as many may have seen in the past few days surrounding the election. These actions present a decided strategy from the three social media giants Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Instagram explained the blocking of tags and post takedowns on a recent posting saying, “Recent posts from all hashtags may be temporarily hidden to help prevent the spread of possible false information and harmful content related to the 2020 US election. Instagram is committed to reducing the spread of false information and giving people accurate information about voting.”

Twitter was also noted displaying warnings and taking down potentially false information relating to the election. This even included the current United States President, Donald Trump’s tweets. Twitter explained the action as relating to its civic integrity policy. Twitter’s Civic Integrity Policy states that “You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes. This includes posting or sharing content that may suppress participation or mislead people about when, where, or how to participate in a civic process. In addition, we may label and reduce the visibility of Tweets containing false or misleading information about civic processes in order to provide additional context.” The policy continues to state that “The public conversation occurring on Twitter is never more important than during elections and other civic events. Any attempts to undermine the integrity of our service is antithetical to our fundamental rights and undermines the core tenets of freedom of expression, the value upon which our company is based.” The policy is intended to create an environment of respect and limit the distribution of false information. 

According to the New York Times, “Facebook took a more cautious approach. Mark Zuckerberg, its chief executive, has said he has no desire to fact-check the president or other political figures because he believes in free speech. Yet to prevent itself from being misused in the election, Facebook said it would couch premature claims of victory with a notification that the election had yet to be called for a candidate, if necessary.” These actions were decidedly less invasive than the measures made by both Twitter and Instagram. 

As the election count continues and the effects of the election outcome loom, expect to see more efforts to trap down misinformation on social media. If you think misinformation may be hurting your business, Synergy Infosec is here to help with convenient and helpful consultation services. 

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