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How Social Media Companies Handled the 2020 Election

November 10, 2020

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Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been dealing with the balance of allowing Americans to use their services freely within the bounds of freedom of speech, but also identifying bad actors seeking to exploit those same freedoms. Here are some examples of protocols they have implemented most recently in regards to the election.

Facebook’s Protocol’s:

Twitter Protocols:

Beginning October 20 through the end of Election week in the US, Twitter introduced the following changes globally to Twitter:

Instagram Protocols

Facebook-owned Instagram on Thursday announced it will temporarily remove the “Recent” tab from hashtag pages in an effort to reduce the spread of misinformation in the run-up to the Nov. 3 U.S. election.