Canadians will see less political content in their Facebook feeds than they did in past elections, and the social media giant will not hesitate to take down posts that promote misinformation about subjects such as the election or COVID-19, says the company’s head of public policy for Canada.
Kevin Chan said even posts by political parties or candidates could be removed if they violate Facebook’s rules. However, he said the company will also take into account the right to free speech.
“Politicians are not exempt from enforcement against breaches of our harmful misinformation policy,” Chan said in an interview with CBC News. “So if people, anybody on Facebook is saying things about the coronavirus that can lead to physical harm, we will remove it.”
For example, posts that claim that COVID-19 vaccines kill or seriously harm people will be removed, as will claims that wearing masks doesn’t prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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