Fb, Instagram Additional optimizations earlier than the elections to forestall misinformation

Facebook revealed further improvements to its processes aimed at preventing the spread of misinformation on social media and Instagram ahead of Tuesday's election and suppressing the influence of conspiracy theory QAnon.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during a Senate Trade Committee hearing on Wednesday that civic groups would be removed from Facebook's group recommendations, and the social network went a step further on Friday, adding that any new groups would also be temporarily filtered out.

During the company's third quarter 2020 earnings call Thursday evening, Zuckerberg said, "I worry that given our country is so divided and it may take days or weeks to get the final election results across the country There is a risk of unrest. With that in mind, companies like us need to go way beyond what we have done before. "

In a similar move, Instagram is temporarily removing the "Recently Used" tab on its hashtag pages and tweeted, "We are doing this to reduce the real-time distribution of potentially harmful content that may crop up during the election."

Finally, Facebook will limit the spread of the hashtag #SaveOurChildren, as the phrase has been associated with QAnon for the past few months.

A spokesperson for the social network said, “Earlier this week we stepped up how we enforce our rules against QAnon on sites, events and groups. Starting today, we're limiting the use of the hashtag "Save Our Children" as we've determined that related content is now linked to QAnon. If people look for it, they will now see credible resources for child safety. "

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