Sep 3, 2020 - Technology

Facebook says it will remove videos of Trump saying to vote twice

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Facebook, citing its policies against voter fraud, will take down a video of President Trump suggesting people vote twice in North Carolina if it's being shared approvingly, the company said Thursday.

Yes, but: It hasn't taken down any instances of the video yet. Facebook said people are fine to post it if they include context around Trump's comments.

What they're saying: "This video violates our policies prohibiting voter fraud and we will remove it unless it is shared to correct the record," Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone told Axios.

Why it matters: Tech platforms are going to continue to have to deal with misinformation from elected officials in the lead-up to the presidential election.

Meanwhile: Trump tweeted a slightly toned-down version of his voting advice on Thursday as well. Twitter subsequently added a label to those tweets noting that they violated platform rules on civic and election integrity and blocked them from being retweeted or liked any further.

  • "To protect people on Twitter, we err on the side of limiting the circulation of Tweets which advise people to take actions which could be illegal in the context of voting or result in the invalidation of their votes," the company said.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect new action Twitter took on the president's messages.

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