Facebook has turned down 2.2 million ads and 120,000 posts because it aimed to limit turnout in the upcoming US election.
This is what Facebook’s vice president of communications sector Nick Clegg said in a conversation with the French newspaper Journal du Dimanche.
According to Clegg, in the run-up to the November 3 elections, 150 million warnings were also posted on Facebook about the incorrect content of a message. The social media wants to prevent it from being misused to influence voters with false information, just like in the US elections in 2016.
The media giant, according to former British politician Clegg, employs 35,000 people to monitor the safety of sites that could be of importance to the polls. According to him, this is done in collaboration with about seventy specialized media partners who verify the correctness of the information.
Clegg said artificial intelligence is also being used. That allows Facebook to delete billions of posts and fake accounts, even before users report them.
“We also store all advertisements and associated information, such as their financing or origin, for seven years to guarantee transparency,” said Facebook’s communications manager.
With the forthcoming US presidential elections, the primary internet media are increasingly accused of committing censorship, especially in favour of opponents of President Trump’s current US administration.