Social media platforms are rolling out new policies to tackle the problem of ‘misinformation’ as they anticipate the 2022 midterm elections, but these policies are not without controversy, as some critics say their policies overwhelmingly favor the Democratic Party and its affiliated causes.
In a press release titled “How Meta is Planning the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections,” published Aug. 16, the company formerly known as Facebook outlined its set of measures designed to “save” the upcoming elections in Congress and the office of governor in the United States.
The company restricted political ads on the platform, prohibiting the posting of new political ads on Facebook or Instagram in the week before the election, as well as changes to previously approved political ads.
“Our approach to the 2022 U.S. midterm elections applies learnings from the 2020 election cycle and exceeds the measures we implemented in the last midterm elections in 2018,” the company said in the statement. “This includes advanced security operations to combat foreign interference and domestic influence campaigns, our network of independent fact-checking partners, our industry-leading transparency measures around advertising and pages policies, as well as new measures to help keep poll workers safe.”
The company also bragged about using artificial intelligence to find content deemed ‘hateful’ by critics, saying it removed 2.5 million posts ‘linked to globalized hate’, 97% of which were uncovered. by artificial intelligence.
Meta’s post follows shortly after a similar Twitter post, in which the bird-branded site outlined its own policies regarding midterm election misinformation.
Twitter has announced that it will begin enforcing its “Civic Integrity Policy”, prohibiting what it designates as misinformation about election processes, results and events. Twitter said it would return to its practice of labeling posts deemed “misleading”, a policy it introduced in 2020 and used to “fact check” former President Donald Trump.
The company also announced that it will be returning “prebunks,” a feature the company has previously used that displays prompts in the home timeline and search bar that presents the user with a company-sanctioned narrative.
The company has drawn heavy criticism for its notions of “misinformation” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and critics have claimed it selectively targets critics of the establishment narrative about the virus while allowing false or misleading information to proliferate if it flattered the Democratic party line.
“Republicans feel like social media platforms are totally silencing conservative voices,” Trump posted on Twitter in May 2020, when his account on the platform was fully intact. “We are going to heavily regulate them, or shut them down, before we can allow that to happen. We saw what they tried, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of this happen again.
Recently, attention has shifted from so-called COVID-19 misinformation to elections and voting procedures, targeting what many progressives have called the “big lie” – currency borrowed from Adolf Hitler. which has increasingly been used to refer to Trump’s claims. on the 2020 presidential election.