Facebook Provides Update on Safeguarding Elections in Myanmar

Voters in that country go to the polls Nov. 8

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The general election in Myanmar is set for Sunday, Nov. 8, and Facebook provided details this week on extra steps it is taking to ensure the integrity of the election on its platform.

Content identified as potential hate speech by the social network’s proactive detection technology will see its distribution significantly reduced, and it will be removed altogether if it is determined to be in violation of Facebook’s policies.

Facebook said it is using technology to identify new words and phrases associated with hate speech in Myanmar and either removing posts containing that language or reducing its distribution, adding that the list of Myanmar-specific prohibited words and phrases is being continually updated.

The social network is expanding on its standard practice of removing accounts that repeatedly violate its community standards by improving its efforts to temporarily reduce the distribution of content from accounts that are repeat offenders.



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