Facebook Reveals Plan to Fight Census Misinformation

On Sunday Facebook announced that it is in the process of putting together a plan that will not allow any misinformation about the 2020 census to be placed on their platform, that could potentially dissuade Americans from taking it.

Facebook has been in a battle for some time to prove that they can stop lies and fake news from being spread and populated from their site.

This new policy that will go into effect this fall will be a significant test of that ability.

Laura Murphy, a former American Civil Liberties Union director, who led the civil rights audit for Facebook recently said that both the 2020 census and the elections are events where discrimination, misinformation, and harassment are likely to abound according to civil rights groups.

She also says, “It’s important to this census in particular because it’s going to be a digital census, so people are just going to be going online to get information about it. If people are going to Facebook to get that information, there’s an opportunity to mislead them.”

However, Facebook hopes to prove that they will not mislead the public and, instead, be able to put a stop to any sort of misinformation found.

According to the company, their new policy against misinformation will not allow users to misrepresent “census requirements, methods or logistics.”

Facebook will input specific algorithms programmed to find and delete any census-related untruths. In addition, they will create an entire staff, including a manager, to oversee its “census interference policy” and make sure any content found on the subject is accurate and correct.

The idea behind the whole process is to make sure that the census is taken by all of America and that each area of the nation is accurately represented.

The information gained from the count will be used to draw political districts in 2022 when state elections are held. Each state gets a specific number of representatives in Congress and a certain amount of federal funding according to their populations in each district.

If any district or state were to be misrepresented on the census, where vast amounts of people did not take the census, for instance, both funding and representation in the Capital would be significantly diminished.

Liberals have already accused Trump of trying to influence immigrants from taking the census with his proposal to add a citizenship question to the census.

But we ask, in a nation wrought with immigration overflow, wouldn’t it be reasonable to want to know how many actual citizens reside within our borders?

It’s not about pushing people not to take the census; it’s about getting the actual facts on our population, which is what the poll was created for in the first place.

Facebook has also said that they would again put their “war room” in place for the 2020 elections and presidential campaign. Here they hope to prevent a repeat of the 2016 elections where misinformation was allowed to run rampant throughout many online platforms and internet companies.

Things like hate speeches, threats, and any ideas to promote voter suppression will be quickly deleted and not allowed to propagate.

Those dimwitted Democrats like the idea, as they believe that Trump heavily influenced minority groups, who would have likely voted liberally, not to vote in the 2016 elections.

If they didn’t vote, it was because they knew that Trump would be a better fit than Hillary any day but didn’t want to admit it. If they really wanted a liberal in the White House, all they had to do was vote.

Instead, they hid like the cowards they are and accepted defeat.

Similar procedures will also be put in place for things like the second round of debates coming up later in July and then again in the fall.

The company has said that they are appointing staff members for this operation who are specialized in the census and voting rights and will include members from many of its current departments including legal, policy, threat intelligence, engineering, and others to ensure that every possible area is covered.

Facebook’s public policy director Neil Potts said in a recent interview, “we expect that people will understand our rules… and they will try to alter their activity to subvert our rules.”

He added, “It is incumbent on us to be aware of that and have our rules be nimble enough that we can iterate on them very quickly to get down that type of speech that is meant to disenfranchise people.”