News Tech: A strategy to stop election manipulation has been revealed by Facebook’s parent firm Meta with the midterm elections just months away.
The increased funding follows CEO of Meta Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress in March of last year, during which he pledged to combat electoral influence and fraud.
Hundreds of staff are reportedly working in more than 40 teams at the corporation to stop the spread of fake information by malevolent organisations, people, and foreign governments. According to Meta, the company spent $5 billion on safety and security in the past year alone.
“The system isn’t perfect but it’s the best approach we have found to address misinformation in line with our country’s values,” Zuckerberg told Congress.
Meta will take down any inaccurate information from its platform as part of its security strategy, including dates, times, locations, voting procedures, who can vote, and whether a vote will be counted. Ads urging people not to cast ballots and casting doubt on the validity of the election will be removed or not published.
But some political observers, like Anthony Russo, are concerned that the initiatives aren’t doing enough to allay the anxieties of the electorate. “We’ve already seen what they did in the 2020 election, and it did not exactly sow voter confidence across the board, especially if you look at people that are more on the conservative side of voting,” Russo said. “When you look at the policies they have in place, they’re actually just inflating what they did in 2020.”
In addition, Meta states that during the final week of election campaigns, it will not let new political, electoral, and social problem advertisements.
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