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Social networks announced new rules of work during the period of summing up the election results
Social media companies have developed new rules for responding to premature announcements of a candidate’s victory
Ahead of the US presidential election, social media companies such as Facebook Inc and Twitter have announced new rules for dealing with various post-election scenarios.
Companies that have been criticized for their content posting policies have discussed how they will respond to statements from candidates who will announce victory before the official results are published, or to calls for violence..
If any of the candidates or their headquarters prematurely declares their victory, Facebook will add special labels to such messages and show notifications in news feeds with information about the election race. Messages from presidential candidates contesting the official result will also receive a tag with the name of the announced winner. In September, Facebook announced that it has options to limit the activity of Internet users if the development of events in the electoral process becomes chaotic or violent..
Twitter said it will remove or attach warning notices to any victory claims prior to the announcement of official results, as well as to misleading statements that incite “illegal behavior to prevent a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”.
The social network will also flag or remove unverified results statements that could undermine confidence in the electoral process, such as counting or confirming election results. Twitter also prohibits threats of violence against an individual or group of people..
YouTube, a video service owned by Alphabet Inc, prohibits the posting of certain types of electoral misinformation, such as incorrect voting dates, but does not set rules to prevent premature victory claims. A company spokeswoman said that in this case, YouTube will provide accurate information and context along with the video. YouTube removes content that encourages people to commit acts of violence against individuals or groups of people.
A video app owned by the Chinese company said it would make any content whose creators prematurely declare a candidate’s victory less visible on the platform and add banners to the video notifying that the election results have not been officially announced.