Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and his team are considering a “kill switch” to political ads in case US President Donald Trump disputes the result of the votes after the presidential election in November, unnamed sources told the New York Times.
The social media giant is drawing up plans for possible post-election scenarios such as President Trump invalidating his presidential rival, Joe Biden’s win, the sources said.
According to them, Trump might use the issue with mail-in ballots getting lost or other groups meddling with the results.
Facebook does not regulate political ads, that’s why Zuckerberg’s team is looking into using a “kill switch” instead.
However, Facebook is not the only tech company that is creating a contingency plan in case of a chaotic post-election situation.
According to the Times, Twitter and YouTube are also drawing up their plans for the elections’ possible worst scenarios.
However, they did not elaborate more on the plans.
The tech companies’ actions are due to the chaotic 2016 presidential elections that were flamed by Russian operatives.
Previously a Facebook staff wrote in Workplace that they think “Facebook is going to be used to aggressively undermine” the election results in November, BuzzFeed News reported.
Sowing Seeds Of Doubt Before The Elections
Since the start of his presidential campaign, Trump has been very critical of the coming November presidential elections.
Last month, Trump suggested via a tweet to postpone the coming elections because of mail-in ballots.
However, advocates and states who have been using this system for a very long-time disagree with President Trump’s worries.
Moreover, in the same month, Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace in an interview that he doesn’t “like to lose.”
When asked whether he will accept the election results in November, Trump answered, “No, I have to see.”
Early this week, the President claims in front of a crowd in Oshkosh, Wisconsin that the “only way” he’s going to lose the election is if it is “rigged.”