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The media needs to prepare the American people that it will be “nothing illegitimate” if it takes days or even weeks to determine the final winner of this year’s presidential election, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Despite the controversy around it that Donald Trump’s been trying to spark, many Americans this year will be voting via mail-in ballots to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus.
“One of the things that I think we and other media need to start doing is preparing the American people that there’s nothing illegitimate about this election taking additional days or even weeks to make sure that all the votes are counted,” said Zuckerberg, head of the social media giant which found itself at the center of the controversy around Russian interference in the 2016 election. “In fact, that might be important to make sure that this is a legitimate and fair election. So we’re going to do a bunch of different messaging around that just to make sure that people know that that’s normal.
“So if one of the candidates in any of the races claims victory before the is consensus result, then we’re going to add some informational context to that post directly saying that there is there’s no consensus result yet,” he added. ” (…) I think this is important because there is unfortunately, I think, a heightened risk of civil unrest in the period you know between voting and and a result being called, or after that. I just think we need to be doing everything we can to reduce the chances of violence or civil unrest in the in the wake of this election.”
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