Facebook is placing labels on posts by President Donald Trump and by Joe Biden. The labels simply say “get official voting info” and direct people to a hub with information from authoritative election sources. (July 21)
NINA BROWN: Facebook announced last week that it was going to begin adding labels to all messages about voting, basically a label that leads someone, if they click on it, to a USA.gov page where they can get more information from a third party about the content provided in that post. Labeling a post to let users know that something is about voting seems really unnecessary, unless you're going to label it to let them know here, there's a potential problem with this. It's important to recognize that Facebook has no legal obligation to do anything. The only motivation for Facebook is likely comes down to financial motivation.
DAVID GREENE: I think it's correct that in the past, Facebook wouldn't have taken any action. I think this does show that they are at least responding to some of the criticism and trying to do-- trying to take more affirmative steps. We are going to see, especially leading up to the election, some of the major platforms and probably even a lot of the smaller ones being very, very sensitive to what they consider to be disinformation regarding the election, regarding voting rights, regarding polling places, regarding the integrity of the election.