U.S. President Donald Trump posted a baseless statement on Facebook on Tuesday, saying the postal vote could trigger a “corrupt election” after the social networking site labeled it,media reported. But the hashtag did not attempt to verify the authenticity of the post. Instead, it directs users to a government website to learn more about how to vote.
The response is part of Facebook’s new policy, announced last month by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, to label posts about the November election. In recent days, Facebook has tagged Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden under a series of posts.
The new approach has been criticized by some industry watchers, who fear the label could be confusing and could even be seen as acquiescing to the president’s controversial posts.
Rick Hasen, a professor of legal and political science at the University of California, Irvine, wrote on Twitter: “This warning seems useless — and may even make Facebook seem to be supporting Trump’s rhetoric and provide a way to get more information.” “
According to Facebook spokesman Andy Stone, the tag feature has been available in the past few days. Earlier, employees and civil rights leaders criticized Facebook’s inaction on Trump’s earlier inflammatory posts.
Mr Zuckerberg said last month that Facebook was focused on preventing new forms of potential voter suppression, but noted that it was difficult to identify such repression on a large scale. He said the company would add links to information about the vote to posts discussing the election, including from politicians. “It’s not about determining whether the post (the information) is accurate in itself, but we want people to have access to authoritative information anyway,” he said. “
Mr. Trump’s comments on Tuesday are understood to be false. There is also no widespread fraud in The U.S. election because of safeguards to protect the integrity of postal ballots. During the flu pandemic, Democratic and Republican officials across the United States expanded their postal voting. Experts predict that the postal vote will reach a record level in November.