Facebook blocked videos of Trump encouraging North Carolina voters to vote twice—which election officials warned would be a felony—Thursday, but has not taken action on the president’s Facebook post making similar comments. “I think the country is very charged right now, so I think regardless of what we do, there’s some chance that this happens across the country,” Zuckerberg said about the potential for “civil unrest” after the election. “I just want to make sure that we do our part to not contribute to it.
Zuckerberg noted to Axios that “we may not know the final result on election night,” and said Facebook would provide messaging to start “preparing” people that it’s “normal” if tallying the vote takes days or weeks, as well as messaging on posts in which a candidate claims victory before there’s a consensus.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg warned in an interview with Axios on HBO that there’s a “heightened risk” of “violence or civil unrest” in the wake of the November election—particularly between election night and when the winner is declared—as Facebook scrambles to address concerns around how it handles election information and misinformation.
Trump has repeatedly baselessly claimed mail-in voting will lead to a “rigged” election—despite mail-in voter fraud being extremely rare—and decried the fact that the vote could take longer to count, saying the nation “must know election results on the night of the election.
A Democratic data group warned this week of the possibility of a “red mirage,” in which Trump could hold a significant lead on election night, leading him to declare victory, only to have that result change as more mail-in ballots are counted.
Facebook and Zuckerberg have repeatedly come under fire for issues around the election, including the company’s controversial refusal to fact check political ads and its permissiveness of President Donald Trump’s comments on the platform.