In another example of social media companies putting their fingers on the scales in the upcoming President election, Facebook has announced it will suppress what it calls “premature claims of victory by candidates,” while failing to identify what that means.
The news comes as The National Pulse highlights the attempts by the left to delay the naming of a winner by several days or over a week after the election. President Trump shared The National Pulse story with the question: “Rigged Election?”
Rigged Election? https://t.co/LK0gp40luC
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2020
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday morning:
Facebook Inc. will prohibit new political advertisements in the week before the U.S. presidential election in November and seek to flag premature claims of victory by candidates, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday.
The steps are meant to head off last-minute misinformation campaigns and limit the potential for civil unrest, Mr. Zuckerberg said.
“This election is not going to be business as usual,” he said, noting both the difficulties of voting during a pandemic and likely attacks on the credibility of the results.
“I’m worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or even weeks to be finalized, there could be an increased risk of civil unrest across the country,” he said in the statement, adding that “our democracy is strong enough to withstand this challenge and deliver a free and fair election.”
As of the time of writing, only one candidate – President Trump – is believed to be able to make a claim to victory on election night, with even Democratic Party experts claiming he will win in a “landslide” on election night.
Joe Biden will have no such claim to victory on the traditional election night.
The likeliest scenario, in the estimation of DNC analytics groups like Hawkfish, is that Trump wins a “landslide” on election night, but that mail-in ballots – which are open to widespread fraud and abuse – will see those results overturned after around a week.
Soros-backed groups like the Transition Integrity Project (TIP) have attempted to link the situation to 1876, where a committee was founded to decide the election result in the face of dispute votes across four U.S. states.
TIP is also staffed by Open Society Institute (a hard left, pro open borders organization) employees, and has links to the Chinese Communist Party.
In fact the Facebook decision is straight from the Transition Integrity Project playbook. On page 5 of their August report into the election, they write: “Social media companies’ policy and enforcement decisions will be consequential [for the election].”
Facebook’s Oversight Board itself – the entity that can overrule Zuckerberg – is staffed by 95 percent anti-Trump activists, and 75 percent non-U.S. citizens. The National Pulse revealed in June 2020:
The recently constituted board is comprised of activists who’ve compared President Trump to Adolf Hitler, former Obama officials, and hailed efforts to remove President Trump from Twitter as “awesome.”
Facebook’s latest declaration over the election should cause the Trump administration concern given the massive influence the organization has in the United States and abroad.
Facebook boasts around 190 million users in the United States, and owns apps such as WhatsApp and Instagram – effectively controlling much of the communications that pass between ordinary citizens in the country.
The company also uses a “fact checker” by the name of Lead Stories, which is run from Belgium and staffed by mostly anti-Trump, former CNN employees.
Lead Stories often censors conservative content on Facebook, and its Editor-in-Chief has even made threats aimed at reporters.