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Facebook voter registration drive prompts unfounded election rigging conspiracies

'The election interfering is already starting.'

 

Claire Goforth

Tech

Posted on Sep 21, 2022

Sept. 20 is National Voter Registration Day. The date was chosen because it gives people time to meet registration deadlines necessary to cast a ballot in November. As it’s done for years, to mark the occasion, Facebook added a notification asking users if they’re registered to vote and a link to help them navigate the process.

Right-wing conspiracy theorists are convinced Facebook’s voter registration prompt is some kind of nefarious plot.

Perpetually canceled Islamophobe Laura Loomer used Telegram to whine about Facebook and Instagram, which are owned by parent company Meta, recognizing the nonpartisan National Voter Registration Day.

Loomer, who is banned from both platforms, shared a screenshot asking an Instagram account called Stop Communism if it’s registered to vote in Wisconsin. She baselessly suggested that people would change the state they’re registered in to a swing state in order to alter the outcome there.

Fraudulently registering to vote is a crime.

Other conservatives got so close to the problems concerning Facebook and election interference—but still managed to miss.

“So Facebook was accused of election interference and what happens, they have a site to assist people with registering to vote,” tweeted one. “We have the 2020 election happening all over again and the useless @GOP does NOTHING about it.”

Facebook has been credibly accused of turning a blind eye to election interference on the platform, most notoriously in 2016. But that election interference has largely benefited Republicans.

On Tuesday, social media was rife with complaints about Facebook encouraging people to participate in the democratic process.

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Given that Facebook is the preferred platform for older social media users who tend to skew more conservative, right-wingers should arguably be glad that Facebook is encouraging people to register to vote.

They’re not.

“I’m already getting notification on my Facebook page and Instagram page asking if I’m a registered voter,” a Truth Social user complained on Tuesday. “The election interfering is already starting.”

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*First Published: Sep 21, 2022, 10:12 am CDT