Facebook says it is ready for violent unrest in the US election, and has plans to restrict the spread of inflammatory posts

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  • Facebook is preparing in case violence erupts after the November US presidential election.
  • Nick Clegg, its head of global affairs, told The Financial Times the network has plans for scenarios like widespread civil unrest, or an unclear result if mail-in votes are counted slowly.
  • He declined to explain Facebook’s specific plan, but said that the company may make strong moves to “restrict the circulation of content.”
  • A source told the FT that Facebook is exploring how to respond to around 70 scenarios, and is working with military planners.

Facebook said Tuesday that it has a plan in case there is violent unrest in the wake of the US election, and that it would restrict content on its platform in such a scenario.

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global affairs, told The Financial Times in an interview that the company has plans in place in case of widespread chaos.

Clegg did not elaborate on exactly what measures Facebook is considering.

But he said that the company would make aggressive moves to “restrict the circulation of content” that it thought may further inflame the situation.

He said big decisions will fall to executives like him and COO Sheryl Sandberg, and that Zuckerberg will be able to overrule decisions.



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