Facebook has started tagging US President Donald Trump’s posts on the vote, including one who claimed that the current postal vote rules could lead to “corrupt” elections.
The republican posts now carry a link to official voting information.
The social network has also tagged several posts from the promising democratic presidency Joe Biden.
The promise to start labeling all the voting posts in the 2020 elections, by any politician, follows.
This policy was implemented in June, following criticism that the social network was not doing enough to deal with disinformation.
Founder Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will start labeling posts that mention the vote, but said it wouldn’t be an easy job.
“If someone says on election day that a city has been identified as a Covid hotspot, is it voting down or just sharing health information?” wrote in a blog.
“Due to the difficulty of judging this on a large scale, we are adopting a policy of attaching a link to our Voting Information Center for posts that discuss voting, including from politicians. This is not a judgment on the accuracy of the posts. themselves, but we want people to have access to authoritative information in both ways.
At the time it was described by some as a compromise, because general labeling would not allow people to distinguish legitimate posts about election from disinformation.
Twitter began tagging some of the president’s tweets in May, starting with one that referred to the protests of Black Lives Matter, who was believed to glorify the violence.
At the time, some members of the Facebook staff were ashamed of not having removed or marked the same controversial post on its platform.
Twitter’s labeling has led Trump to sign an executive order that seeks to curb the long-standing legal protections of social media companies.
Trump has also been vocal on social media about what he sees as the dangers of the postal vote, known in the United States as a mail-order vote. He has repeatedly claimed not to trust, but offers little evidence of why he thinks it could lead to fraud.
Election experts have denied that it is. Postal voting could play a significant role in the 2020 election due to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Marianna Spring, reporter specialized in disinformation
Facebook now appears to be following Twitter’s May-May project that first tagged Donald Trump’s tweet when he criticized the mail-order vote.
This is not surprising, as the social media platform has been under increasing pressure from advertisers and campaign groups to do more to address misinformation on its site, particularly by the President of the United States during the preparation of the U.S. elections.
However, the approaches of the two social media platforms favored by the President of the United States are still different, as Facebook has pledged to label anything about the vote in the U.S. election shared, even by politicians, regardless of whether it is misleading.
This is a significant move by Facebook, who previously seemed reluctant to deal with content shared by President Trump, and there is much speculation as to why.
However, there are still big questions about Facebook’s decision not to label other misleading claims made by President Trump about the coronavirus, which Twitter has similarly refrained from reporting.