- The response of Tech giants concerning upcoming elections.
- How different platforms like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are playing their part.
As the November election gets closer, the responsibility to disseminate relevantly and up to the mark information increases. The tech companies feel the pressure to avoid spreading any misinformation about the voting process.
Since 2016, when fake news reached more than 120 million Americans via Facebook, social media platforms are under observation. It falls on different social platforms on how they combat and fight against false propaganda and manipulative news. Many people are unaware of the fact that different platforms like Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft have joined hands with each other. They are holding meetings with various governmental bodies such as the FBI to discuss the current scenarios and coordinate their joint efforts.
Ahead of the November elections, the companies are implementing and executing their plans and procedures. This can include banning or promoting certain activities or giving out appropriate voting knowledge.
Google has adopted an excellent pre-election approach. It is mostly focusing on helping the masses about how to cast a vote. Moreover, Google’s Threat Analysis group works tirelessly to prevent any attacks on Google and its users. Last year, Google announced a policy according to which you could not launch a campaign based on political dispositions. The company has also decided to enhance its security for Gmail and G Suite users.
Concerning the election point of view, Facebook’s Voting Information Centre is the most detailed approach. It has resources that guide users on registering to vote, voting by mail, and how the coronavirus is affecting the election campaign. It also gives you information about your polling place and latest updates.
Facebook states that it will be providing the most appropriate and latest updates when the time of ballot counting comes. Special teams will be making their efforts to prevent the dissemination of false and fake information and results.
Twitter has banned all the political ads to prevent any chaos last year. Besides, it also banned deepfake media in February. Twitter is also devising out a plan to label tweets that contain manipulated content and ultimately hide or remove them.
Twitter also executed this policy against President Donald Trump when the issue of Black Lives Matter was raised in Minnesota. Moreover, it labeled political accounts and state-affiliated media accounts.
Being the Google-owned streaming platform, most of its policies are similar to its parent company. But in addition, YouTube launched fact-checking mechanisms. Moreover, YouTube is taking off conspiring videos and content.
Some other Social Media Platforms and Tech sides are reported to taking their measures to play safely during the election cycle.