Facebook founder fears riots after US election

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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is worried about possible violence in the wake of the US elections on November 3, he said Thursday with the approach of a poll under high political tension, in the form of a test for the social network .

I am concerned that there is a risk of civil unrest across the country, as our nation is so divided and the election results will possibly take days or weeks to finalize.

Mark Zuckerberg

With the pandemic, and the mobilization of voters for or against Donald Trump, postal voting is exploding, raising fears that the count will take longer than usual.

Given these circumstances, companies like ours need to do more than ever before to protect confidence in the electoral process and prevent platforms from being used to proclaim victory ahead of time or to call for violence in the streets.

Mark Zuckerberg recalled some of the safeguards put in place, such as the ban on all advertising on social or political topics, on its platforms in the United States, at the closing of polling stations, to reduce risks confusion or abuse as long as it takes.

A test

Next week is going to be a test for Facebook, he admitted, keen to prove that his company really learned the lessons of 2016. Massive disinformation campaigns, some of them piloted from Russia, then used social networks to disseminate their propaganda to large scale and in a targeted manner.

This week, the ban on new political ads during the last seven days of the campaign was marked by boondoggles.

Facebook has been accused of passing up ads from Trump's campaign targeting key U.S. states, claiming election day was last Tuesday.

The words of his boss come as Walmart has decided to temporarily withdraw weapons and ammunition from its shelves.

The US retail giant took this precaution after violent protests in Philadelphia and amid political tensions that have escalated repeatedly for months, including during protests linked to the movements. Black Lives Matter.

In downtown Washington, multiple apartment buildings began barricading doors and windows with plywood slabs on Wednesday in anticipation of post-election night protests.

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