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Facebook considers "Election Commission" to try to reduce political control

According to the New York Times, the social media company is considering setting up an "election committee" to guide it in handling election-related issues around the world. 

The committee will advise Facebook on everything from false information to political advertisements, which, if implemented, may benefit the company’s public relations. 

Ideally, the committee would also calm down CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who clearly does not want to be "the only person who makes decisions about political content," the Times reported. When Ars contacted Facebook, a Facebook spokesperson declined to comment on this story. 

Stanford University law professor Nathaniel Persily told the New York Times, “There is already a perception that the American social media company Facebook is participating in and tilting other countries’ choices through its platform”. They include encouraging voter registration, providing information about how elections work, and making vague promises to "reduce opportunities for violence and unrest." The company also flagged posts with election-related misinformation, a strategy that can only see mixed results at best. 

Passing controversial decisions related to politics and elections will enable the company to assert that it has sufficient external oversight in this situation, although it is ultimately the responsibility of Facebook executives to implement any changes. The committee appears to be inspired by the company's so-called oversight committee, which reviews a small number of controversial review decisions (commissions and omissions) and recommends changes that the company can make to resolve any related issues.

The Supervisory Committee’s ruling is binding, which means that if the committee says it must repost or reactivate the account, Facebook must accept the decision. The board also provides broader recommendations on how the company can improve. Although these recommendations may result in more substantial changes to its platform, they are not binding. 

The Election Committee seems to be more proactive, providing Facebook with an opportunity to solve problems before they get out of control.

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