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Biden Campaign to Facebook: Remove Trump's Misleading Election Posts

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Democrat presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 29 September 2020 12:36 PM

Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign is asking Facebook to take down posts made by President Donald Trump and his son that they allege spread disinformation about voting, Axios reports.

On Monday, Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote a letter to the social media platform calling for the removal of the posts. She also slammed the company for being “the nation's foremost propagator of disinformation about the voting process.”

“No company that considers itself a force for good in democracy, and that purports to take voter suppression seriously, would allow this dangerous claptrap to spread to millions of people,” Dillon wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Axios.

Dillon urged Facebook to remove a video posted by Donald Trump Jr. last week. In the video, the president’s son claims people who oppose his father have a “plan to add millions of fraudulent ballots that can cancel your vote and can overturn the election.”

“Removing this video should have been the easiest of easy calls under your policies, yet it remains up today,” she noted.

Facebook put a warning label on the video that states “voting by mail has a long history of trustworthiness in the US and the same is predicted this year,” with a link for users to “get voting information.”

The Biden campaign also wrote that Trump has “repeatedly taken to your platform” to tell his followers who have voted by mail to show up to polling places and ask to vote again unless it's proven that their vote has been counted. The campaign said the president’s posts “clearly violated” Facebook’s policies that prohibit “misrepresentations about voting logistics, methods, or requirements.”

The Biden campaign also referenced a post from the president claiming “ballots being returned to States cannot be accurately counted.” Facebook also placed a label on the post with information about voting.

“If Facebook’s goal is to accomplish what it has publicly committed to do … the solution should have been simple: Remove Mr. Trump’s posts which violate your policies,” Dillon wrote.

The campaign added it would continue to call out Facebook’s “failures” leading up to the election.

Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone told Axios that company has “faced criticism from Republicans for being biased against conservatives and Democrats for not taking more steps to restrict the exact same content.”

“We have rules in place to protect the integrity of the election and free expression, and we will continue to apply them impartially."

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign is asking Facebook to take down posts made by President Donald Trump and his son that they allege spread disinformation about voting, Axios reports. On Monday, Biden's campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon wrote a letter to the social...
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