The Technology 202: Silicon Valley is preparing for candidates to falsely declare victory on Election Night
Google says it will prioritize election results from the Associated Press and Democracy Works, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that provides information on how to vote, according to company executives. Searches won’t show news reports that prematurely declare victory for a certain candidate, and if any misinformation does slip through, Google says it will be ready to take it down. “We do have a plan,” Google’s vice president of engineering, Cathy Edwards, said on Thursday.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said if any campaign tries to declare victory before they should, the company will add a label directing people to “the official results.” He said the platform is partnering with Reuters and the National Election Pool to provide authoritative information.
The tech industry wants to appear ready for post-election chaos. But it doesn’t have a great track record.
Many Americans will be voting by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic, and