Mark Zuckerberg: US Election Results Could 'Take Weeks to Decide'
Facebook CEO delay in election results may be necessary this year
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has warned American voters to be prepared for the likelihood of delayed election results in November.
During an interview with Axios on HBO, Zuckerberg seemingly wanted Americans to adapt to the idea of a delay, arguing there was nothing wrong with such an event.
The Facebook founder went further, saying a delay in election results may be necessary this year.
"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," Zuckerberg said.
"In fact, that might be important to make sure that this is a legitimate and fair election."
Zuckerberg said Facebook was in the stages of planning a messaging strategy to justify the delay in ballots, with millions of additional votes being sent in by mail.
"So if one of the candidates and any of the races claim victory before there's a consensus result, then we're going to add some informational context to that post directly saying that there is no consensus result yet," Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg: "what we and the other media need to start doing is preparing the american people that there is nothing illegitimate about this election taking additional days or weeks to make sure all the votes are counted." pic.twitter.com/lGdnWMUzgm— Zach Vorhies (@Perpetualmaniac) September 7, 2020
Zuckerberg appeared to want to move away from what has been deemed a failure in the 2016 election.
Last week, Facebook announced it would cease taking political advertising in the seven days leading up to the election.
The move was spar of a series of steps to protect against so-called election interference.
“The US elections are just two months away, and with COVID-19 affecting communities across the country, I’m concerned about the challenges people could face when voting,” Zuckerberg said at the time.
“I’m also worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or even weeks to be finalized, there could be an increased risk of civil unrest across the country.”
Meanwhile, amid the riots across the country, mainly in Democrat-run cities driven by Antifa and Black Lives Matter groups, Zuckerberg promised he was insuring those riots are not organized on his platform.
"We want to make sure none of that stuff is happening on our services," the CEO emphasized.
But despite the Facebook CEO's remarks, main Antifa pages remain active despite the so-called purge which saw Qanon pages and groups removed.
The Conservative group “Patriot Prayer" was blacklisted by Facebook as well as the group’s leader, Joey Gibson, just a week after one of its members was murdered by an Antifa rioter in Portland.
Facebook has already censored posts from President Donald Trump, citing the prevention of misinformation about COVID-19 and hate being spread.
Trump offered his supporters advice on voting in North Carolina last week, which caused massive backlash from Democrats.
"On election day or early voting, go to your polling place, even though you've mailed it in, go to your polling place to see whether or not your mailing vote has been tabulated or accounted," Trump told supporters.
"If it has, you will not be able to vote, because it's going to be counted... If it has not been counted-- vote, which is every citizen's right to do."