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Facebook adds labels to posts regarding 2020 election. Here’s what’s going on

Over the past few days Facebook has started to implement their new policy about adding labels to posts linking users to government websites.

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This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. Facebook on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, reported its slowest quarterly growth as a public company, pressured by a global slowdown in the digital advertising market due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. Facebook on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, reported its slowest quarterly growth as a public company, pressured by a global slowdown in the digital advertising market due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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On some of President Donald Trump’s most recent posts on Facebook — including one Tuesday about mail-in voting — there has been a voter information label added.

  • The same has been done with a post of presidential candidate Joe Biden’s posts.

What’s going on:

  • On Tuesday, President Donald Trump posted to Facebook saying, “Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION.” A labele appeared below linking to the federal government website with information about absentee voting and voting by mail

  • In a new policy, Facebook has started adding labels to posts regarding the presidential election and voting, ultimately directing people to official government pages, according to The Washington Post.
  • This comes after criticism that social media networks weren't doing enough to handle misinformation, according to BBC.

Why is this important:

  • Per CNN, the labels will give people access to “authoritative information.”
  • Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said that his company is “focused on preventing new forms of potential voter suppression,” adding that it is difficult to do “at this scale,” according to CNN.
  • According to Axios, this comes as a larger effort by Facebook to help over 4 million people register to vote in the upcoming election.