Facebook updates guidelines ahead of 2022 midterms

Facebook has updated its policy guidelines related to political content ahead of the 2022 midterm elections in November.

The guidelines could content to be labeled or removed if it is ruled outside of the company’s policies.

The statement

“Meta invests a huge amount to protect elections online — not just during election periods but at all times. We spent approximately $5 billion on safety and security last year alone, and have hundreds of people dedicated to this work permanently embedded across more than 40 teams,” Facebook said in the announcement.

“With each major election around the world — including national elections this year in France and the Philippines — we incorporate the lessons we learn to help stay ahead of emerging threats,” it added.

The details

“The company will ban new political, social and electoral issue ads during the last week before the election, ensuring no “October surprises” – factual or otherwise – will disturb the information ecosystem,” Today’s News Network reported.

“Editing existing ads will also be forbidden, and ads encouraging people not to vote or questioning the legitimacy of the results will not be permitted,” it added.

The changes are concerning to many Americans who see the efforts as suppressing free speech.

The updates could also limit and censor important information in the final days before an election, leading to additional controversy over the role of media in elections.

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