FACTBOX-How Facebook, Twitter and others are girding themselves with inauguration threats

Social media companies are under close scrutiny over handling disinformation and threats of violence related to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday amid mixed signals in far-right forums about possible attacks.

Companies have tried to distance themselves from the violent assault on the US Capitol by supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump on January 6, after weeks of toxic rhetoric and online organization. Here’s what each company says to do:

FACEBOOK The world’s largest social media company says it blocked the creation of new events near strategic locations like the White House, United States Capitol and State Capitol buildings on Inauguration Day.

Facebook It also reintroduced a measure used after the presidential election that gives greater weight in the news feed algorithm to publishers considered authoritative, based on an internal “news ecosystem quality” scoring system. Other temporary changes include blocks on the ability of people who have repeatedly violated the policy to create live events, groups, pages and videos, as well as strengthened requirements for users who manage groups to pre-approve posts.

On Saturday, Facebook said it will ban advertising for weapon accessories such as holsters and weapon vests until at least two days after the unveiling, although researchers have spotted such ads even after the ban. The company suspended Trump at least on inauguration day, saying it used Facebook to “incite violent insurrection” and has no intention of lifting the ban even afterwards.

TWITTER After the unrest at the Capitol, Twitter announced measures to limit the amplification of tweets that violate its electoral misinformation rules by blocking likes, replies and retweets of those messages.

Users can still cite the tweets, but they must add their own comments before sharing, he said. The company also updated its “civic integrity” policy to establish a strike-based enforcement system for misleading election claims and eliminated more than 70,000 QAnon content sharing accounts.

A Twitter the spokesperson declined to say whether the company was limiting automated content recommendations, such as tips for users to follow, or disclosing specific blocked terms from that appear in “trending” topics. On the day of the inauguration, Twitter will transfer control of official White House accounts such as @WhiteHouse and @POTUS to the Biden administration.

The company has permanently suspended Trump’s personal account @realDonaldTrump, citing the risk of further incitement. That tale had been his main megaphone throughout his presidency. YOUTUBE

YouTube, Alphabet Inc’s video streaming platform, said it had put in place “additional protective measures” for the opening day, without elaborating. The company blocks live video showing someone using a firearm, but declined to say whether it was imposing further restrictions on live streams or making temporary changes to its systems to recommend content.

On Tuesday, YouTube extended a one-week ban on Trump’s account for at least another seven days, citing “concerns about the potential for ongoing violence.” TALK

Parler, which calls itself a “free speech” space, remains largely offline after being abandoned by Amazon’s hosting arm and major app stores after the attack on the Capitol, with partners citing its poor record. of police requests for violence. A static version of its website returned on January 15 with the help of a Russian-owned tech company and included a handful of posts from executives and others, including Fox News host Mark Levin.

Jeffrey Wernick, Parler’s chief operating officer, told Reuters that the company was posting those comments on behalf of “friends they contacted” and had not yet implemented new content guidelines. DLIVE

Niche video streaming platform DLive, in the spotlight after far-right personalities used it to broadcast live during the siege of the Capitol, said it would block all live streams. from Washington, DC on January 20. The company, popular with game streamers, has also begun to proactively review content in the non-game “X-tag” section. site and disrupted streamers’ ability to make money from their videos, he said.

Amazon’s TWITCH live streaming platform declined to disclose whether it had put specific measures in place related to the inauguration.

The company said it is removing content that incites or glorifies violence and is monitoring policy violations. It has broadcast live streams of extremist violence graphs previously, including the shootings in Germany in 2019. Twitch disabled Trump’s account indefinitely after the attack on the Capitol and said it would re-evaluate the ban after he left office. .

SNAPCHAT Snap Inc claims to face fewer extremism and incitement issues than other platforms due to Snapchat’s design: no open news feed, pre-approval for promoted content, and group chat size limits.

A spokesperson said an internal team is conducting regular proactive checks for rule violations during the grand opening, but the platform isn’t making any other changes. Snap finally closed Trump’s account after the Capitol riots, “on the basis of his attempts to spread disinformation, hate speech and incitement to violence.”

REDDIT Reddit did not respond to a request for comment on its plans for grand opening week.

The company had long hosted r / The_Donald, a popular online base for Trump fans, but last year shut down the forum for violating hate speech rules. He banned another forum, r / DonaldTrump, after the siege of the Capitol, citing policy violations related to the violence there.

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News Highlights:

  • The company suspended Trump at least on inauguration day, saying it used Facebook to “incite violent insurrection” and has no intention of lifting the ban even afterwards. TWITTER After the unrest at the Capitol, Twitter announced measures to limit the amplification of tweets that violate its electoral misinformation rules by blocking likes, replies and retweets of those messages. Users can still cite the tweets, but they must add their own comments before sharing, he said.
  • FACTBOX-How Facebook, Twitter and others are girding themselves with inauguration threats