Since June, Facebook has been labeling posts and ads about voting and including links to authoritative sources, including those from politicians.
More recently, Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg, and some company executives have been discussing a “kill switch” to shut off political advertising after the election is over to curb misinformation, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.
Facebook is looking at post-election scenarios that include attempts by U.S. President Donald Trump or his campaign to use the platform to delegitimize the results, according to the report nyti.ms/3aLpH1e.
The social media company has been under fire for exempting politicians’ ads and speech from fact checks. Last year, smaller rival Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) banned political ads, but Facebook has maintained that it does not want to stifle political speech.
Twitter in recent months has added fact-checking labels and warnings to tweets by President Trump, including some of his tweets about mail-in voting. Facebook, which decided not to act on such content, has faced criticism from employees and lawmakers.
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