Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) introduced measures adding more context to the problem of political posts on its social media sites as the company faces pressure from advertisers boycotting it over hate speech.
Facebook adds labels to police political posts
The company stated that it will attach labels to posts discussing voting in a move expected to prevent voter disenfranchisement in the upcoming November election. According to Facebook, the labels will help users access the right voting information. Also, the social media giant has indicated that it will enhance its policies on hate speech as well as limit violent language in advertisements on the platform. However, posts from political figures violating rules will receive a label indicating they were considered “newsworthy.”
Over recent months the company tried to deal with divisive content and spreading of fake information on its platform. This comes following growing criticism on Facebook for allowing inflammatory and inaccurate posts from US president Donald Trump to remain on the site. This is even after Twitter attaches warnings and fact checks to the content on its platform. Facebook CEO indicated that they support free speech, and posts from key figures shouldn’t be policed. This stand has irked critics who indicate that such a view is letting hate speech thrive on the platform.
Facebook removes “boogaloo” linked accounts
Facebook has cracked the whip on some accounts associated with anti-government movement “boogaloo” after labeling the group as a dangerous entity. “Boogaloo” is part of a broader movement is said to have actively organized violence, although the social media company didn’t share details stating that the matter was still under investigation. The group has been categorized under the Dangerous Individuals and Organisations with posts supporting, representing, or praising it banned from the site.
Over 220 Facebook accounts, 95 Instagram Accounts, 106 Facebook groups, and 28 Facebook pages were removed. Also, another 400 groups and 100 pages that hosted similar violent content as boogaloo were also purged. There has been a series of violent incidents in recent weeks associated with the movement.