Facebook rolls out ban on ‘militarized language’ after Trump calls poll watchers ‘army’

Facebook rolls out ban on ‘militarized language’ after Trump calls poll watchers ‘army’

Explaining that Facebook wants to help more Americans register and vote while also protecting the “integrity of the election by fighting foreign interference, misinformation and voter suppression,” vice president of integrity Guy Rosen announced on Wednesday that “calls for people to engage in poll watching when those calls use militarized language or suggest that the goal is to intimidate, exert control, or display power over election officials or voters” will be removed from the platform.

This comes just two days after the president tweeted out a call for poll-watching volunteers at a site named ‘Army for Trump.

Rosen thanked “civil rights experts and community members who continue to help us understand trends in this area.”

Furthermore, Rosen said that Facebook will label posts from candidates with links to the Voting Information Center, adding that “if a candidate or party declares premature victory before a race is called by major media outlets, we will add more specific information in the notifications that counting is still in progress and no winner has been determined.”

If the media call is contested, Facebook will also label the posts “with the declared winner’s name and a link to the Voting Information Center.”

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