Facebook Gets More Criticism For Voting Misinformation, Twitter Gets More Aggressive

KEY POINTS

  • Joe Biden’s campaign has accused Facebook of not enforcing its guidelines in order to avoid removing misinformation from Donald Trump and his campaign
  • Facebook’s policies purportedly ban such posts, but the content has remained up with only a warning attached.
  • Twitter has taken a more proactive stance, hiding misinformation, suspending even prominent sources and banning political ads altogether

Facebook is under fire again, accused of not following its own rules mandating the removal of misinformation.

Those policies,  if enforced, would place the social media giant on a collision course with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.  Facebook rarely removes misinformation posted by Trump or his campaign, but Twitter has shown a willingness for more aggressive action.

In a scathing letter acquired by Axios, Joe Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said that Facebook has consistently declined to take action against content such as this video from Donald Trump Jr. The video asks viewers to “enlist today” in an “army for Trump’s election security operation” to combat alleged Democratic plans to “add millions of fraudulent ballots.” 

“No company that considers itself a force for good in democracy, and that purports to take voter suppression seriously, would allow this dangerous claptrap to spread to millions of people,” Dillon wrote. “Removing this video should have been the easiest of calls under your policies, yet it remains up today.”

Dillon also pointed to Donald Trump’s posts encouraging people to vote twice. Neither those posts nor the aforementioned video have been removed, Facebook instead opting to simply label them as misleading. Facebook’s policies supposedly ban posts misrepresenting whether or how ballots will be counted, but posts from Donald Trump alleging that mailed ballots cannot accurately be tallied have remained up with labels.

Facebook has taken a more passive approach to combat misinformation on its platform,