Fb not recommends new teams earlier than the US elections and restricts QAnon content material


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2017.


Facebook announced on Friday that it would temporarily stop referring new groups to users ahead of Tuesday's elections.

The announcement came a day after CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was concerned about the increased risk of disruption in the US due to the election.

"I worry that given our nation is so divided and the election results may take days or weeks to be finalized, there is a risk of unrest across the country," Zuckerberg said in a call about the results of Facebook in the third quarter. "With that in mind, companies like ours need to go way beyond what we've done before."

The company also announced on Friday that it would limit the distribution of hashtag fees for "Save our Children" to its affiliations with conspiracy theory group QAnon, which Facebook banned earlier this month.

"If people look for it, they will now see the credible resources for child safety," a company spokesman said in a statement.

Facebook groups are known to be used to spread conspiracy theories and misinformation. The decision to filter out new groups from referrals is a tactic that can slow the spread of misinformation in the final days of the US election.

Zuckerberg said Wednesday during a hearing before the Senate Trade Committee that the social media company would temporarily stop recommending civic groups.

Additionally, Facebook-owned Instagram announced on Thursday that the Recent tab is being temporarily disabled on hashtag pages to help reduce the spread of misinformation. The tab is a feature that shows users the latest content tagged with specific hashtags regardless of whether it is relevant to the topic.

The company has not specified when these features will be reactivated.


Katherine Clark