Amid election security concerns, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg attempted to normalize the possibility of a delayed outcome of the upcoming presidential election were to occur. This despite the fact that he is not an elected official and holds no government position.
“One of the things that I think we and other media need to start doing is preparing the American people that there’s nothing illegitimate about this election taking additional days or even weeks to make sure that all of the votes are counted,” Zuckerberg told “Axios on HBO,” in which the full interview will air Tuesday.
“In fact, that may be important to make sure that this is an important, legitimate, and fair election,” the social media giant continued.
Admins will supposedly market messaging around this premise “just to make sure people know that’s normal.”
On Thursday, Facebook rolled out its new measures, which include flagging posts by candidates who claim premature victory and forbidding new political ads within a week of Election Day.
For example, “informational context” will be added directly to a candidate’s post if a consensus result is not yet reached.
Zuckerberg then noted a potential “heightened risk of civil unrest in the period between voting and a result being called.” Read more…