Facebook announced today, Friday, that it will temporarily suspend recommendations from new user groups ahead of the US presidential election, scheduled for November 3.
The announcement came a day after CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was concerned about the high risk of unrest in the United States resulting from the elections.
“I am concerned that with our nation being so divided, and with the election results likely to take days or weeks to be completed, there is a risk of civil unrest across the country,” Zuckerberg said in a call discussing Facebook’s third-quarter earnings. . “Given this, companies like ours need to go beyond what we have done before,” he added.
As announced The company On Friday, it will limit the distribution of the “Save Our Children” hashtag on its ties to conspiracy theory group QAnon, which Facebook banned earlier this month. “When people search for it, they will now see reliable child safety resources,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.
Facebook groups are known to be used to spread conspiracy theories and disinformation. The decision to liquidate new sets of recommendations is a tactic that could slow the spread of disinformation in the final days of the US election.
On Wednesday, Zuckerberg said during a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee: The social media company will temporarily stop recommending civic groups.
In addition, Instagram – owned by Facebook – announced on Thursday that it would temporarily disable the “last” tab of its hashtag pages in an effort to curb the spread of disinformation. Tab is a feature that shows users the most recent content rated with specific hashtags, regardless of whether it is relevant to the topic.
The company did not say when these features would be reactivated.