The Biden campaign has called for Facebook to step up enforcement of misleading and inaccurate posts by President Donald Trump and accuse the social media giant of failing to keep its recent promises to tackle electoral falsehoods.
In a bold three-page letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, received by Axios, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon described Facebook as “the nation’s leading propagator for disinformation about the voting process.” She referred to the company’s commitment in early September to “protect our democracy” by “clearing up confusion about how these elections work” and “fighting”[ing] Misinformation. “
“It has been three weeks now,” Dillon wrote. “Instead of seeing progress, we saw a regression. Facebook’s ongoing promise to act in the future is nothing more than an excuse for inaction. “
In response to Dillon’s letter, a Facebook spokesman said the company had heard violent complaints from both sides of the partisan difference. “We have been criticized by Republicans for being biased against Conservatives and Democrats for failing to take steps to restrict the exact same content,” the spokesman said in a statement. “We have rules to protect the integrity of the elections and freedom of expression and will continue to apply them impartially.”
On September 3, Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would remove lies and misleading claims about the voting process that could result in someone losing the chance to vote. He also stated that Facebook would not allow political advertising in the week leading up to the election.
“We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy,” wrote Zuckerberg at the time. “That means helping people register and vote, clearing up confusion about how these elections work, and taking steps to reduce the risk of violence and riot.”
On the same day that Zuckerberg made the announcement, Trump wrote a Facebook post encouraging some people voting by mail to vote in person a second time. Facebook added a label to the end of the post that said, “Voting by email has a long history of trustworthiness in the US.”
Trump has made a number of false and misleading claims on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter in the past few weeks.
For example, on Monday he claimed on both platforms that “ballot papers returned to states cannot be counted accurately.”
Twitter put a label on Trump’s tweet asking people to click through to see how secure it is to vote via email. Facebook initially put a label on its post linked to the company’s Voting Information Center, “for voting resources and official updates.” Following an online backlash, Facebook changed the label to make it clearer that the post was misleading.
In her letter to Zuckerberg, Dillon argued that Facebook should go further: “Remove Mr. Trump’s posts that violate your guidelines.”
“[B]y now, “added Dillon,” Mr. Trump clearly understands that Facebook is not going to follow the clearly established guidelines. “