Facebook stopped recommending new political and social topic groups on Friday, according to BuzzFeed News. This is one of the many preventative steps Facebook is taking to reduce the chaos and misinformation on Election Day.
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The move is significant as Facebook groups in particular are full of misinformation and conspiracy theories, researchers say.
It’s unclear when Facebook will turn group recommendations back on, but the change is only temporary.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly stated that he will be concerned about unrest if the results are not determined immediately on election day.
Facebook stopped recommending health-related groups back in September to crack down on coronavirus and other health misinformation.
Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes.
Facebook has announced it will suspend new political ads both before and after the election, and Instagram announced on Friday that it will temporarily remove “trending” hashtags. The Company will also remove calls from people to “watch polls” if those posts use “militarized language” and notify users that the census is not complete if a candidate or party declares an early victory.
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Restricting group referrals is a cornerstone of Facebook’s strategy for managing the elections after Russia used the platform to influence public opinion in 2016. This time around, however, research has increasingly shown that domestic misinformation spreading – in Facebook groups, for example – may be an even bigger threat.
Facebook reported better-than-expected revenue Thursday, despite advertisers boycotting earlier this year to pressure the company to take more aggressive action to eradicate hate speech and false news.