Bill Russo, a spokesman for Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s presidential campaign, posted a series of tweets late Monday to decipher the election-related misinformation, calling for violence that is rampant on Facebook.
“We knew this was going to happen. We've been asking Facebook for over a year to take these issues seriously. They didn't, ”said Russo-san in one of the tweets. “Our democracy is at stake. We need answers. "
Mr Russo's targeted comments highlighted the cumulative anger within the campaign after months of back-and-forth with Facebook to remove numerous ads and posts from President Trump, his campaign and his allies spreading false conspiracy theories about Mr Biden.
Defending its actions, Facebook said ahead of the election that it had made several efforts to "ensure fewer people see and be made aware of false information when they do so, and highlight reliable election information that almost everyone is facing Facebook and Instagram was seen that Vice President Biden was the proposed winner of the US election. "
The Biden campaign first showed its frustrations on Facebook in October 2019 when the Trump campaign ran an ad accusing Mr Biden of attempting to bribe the Ukrainian government by offering $ 1 billion to fire the prosecutor investigating a company affiliated with his son Hunter Biden.
Greg Schultz, a campaign manager for Biden, wrote a letter to Facebook executives, including Mark Zuckerberg, its managing director, and Sheryl Sandberg, its chief operating officer, asking the company to remove the false ad.
Facebook refused. "Our approach is based on Facebook's fundamental belief in freedom of expression, respect for the democratic process and the conviction that in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is probably the most studied speech," said Facebook's head of global election politics , Katie Harbath, wrote back to the Biden campaign.
In March, a doctoral video appeared on Facebook that manipulated Mr. Biden's speech and made him appear impaired with difficulty speaking.
Dan Scavino, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump, shared the video and commented on Facebook: “Sleepy Joe today in St. Louis, Missouri: 'We can only vote again @realDonaldTrump. # KAG2020LandslideVictory. ”
Facebook upheld the video but labeled it as partially wrong.
At the end of May, Facebook initially refused to touch Mr Trump's posts, which cast doubts on the mail-in vote. Twitter has flagged the posts for possible voter misinformation. And Facebook left Mr. Trump's call to shoot in response to looting during racial justice demonstrations, while Twitter described the post as "inciting violence."
In July, Mr Biden's campaign distributed a petition to its millions of supporters urging Mr Zuckerberg to end the company's approach to political lies.
"Real changes to Facebook's policies for their platform and its enforcement are needed to protect against a replication of the role disinformation played in the 2016 elections and which continues to threaten our democracy to this day," Russo said at the time.