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Facebook launches online hub so you can find voting information





Fb and Instagram unveiled a brand new voter info heart. 


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Facebook and its picture service Instagram launched a brand new on-line hub Thursday that permits customers to search out details about voting, a device that the social networks hope will assist them fight election misinformation.

Misinformation on social networks has been a prime concern after Russian trolls used these websites to publish content material that aimed to sow discord amongst People throughout the 2016 US presidential election. Fb has additionally been beneath hearth for not sending posts from politicians, together with President Donald Trump, to fact-checkers. The corporate has been attempting to deal with misinformation about the novel coronavirus and elections by directing customers to dependable sources.

“By offering clear, correct and authoritative info to individuals, we are going to proceed to cut back the power of malicious networks to make the most of uncertainty across the pandemic to intervene with the election,” mentioned Naomi Gleit, who oversees product administration and social impression, in a weblog publish. 

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Fb’s voting info heart features a method to examine in case you’re registered to vote. 


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Fb additionally plans to make use of the middle to fight any misinformation about election outcomes. On Wednesday, the social media giant mentioned it’s going to proceed to work with different tech firms and US authorities businesses to guard election integrity. The social community mentioned in June the new voting information center is a part of the corporate’s effort to get four million individuals to register to vote within the 2020 US elections. Fb, which has 2.7 billion customers, referred to as the trouble the “largest voting info marketing campaign in American historical past.”

The brand new voting info heart on Fb and Instagram features a method to examine in case you’re registered to vote and a hyperlink to register in case you’re not. You may as well discover details about mail-in voting, and examine deadlines. Customers can discover the middle within the menu on Fb and Instagram.

Fb mentioned the middle will embody info from sources resembling state election officers and nonpartisan civic organizations. The middle can even urge individuals to enroll as state ballot employees, which election staffers say they have been having hassle doing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fb can be launching a brand new function designed to assist state and native election officers alert the general public about updates concerning voting. 

The middle may have a bit referred to as Info About Voting that options information articles concerning the election and voting. The Bipartisan Coverage Middle, a Washington, DC, suppose tank, will present Fb with these information.

Final month, Fb additionally began labeling posts from federal officers about voting, directing customers to extra details about the subject. The label has appeared beneath the posts of Trump and of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and it is directed customers to a USA.gov web site about voting.

The Biden marketing campaign criticized the labeling as a result of Trump’s publish mentioned mail-in voting would result in the “most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s Historical past!” whereas Biden’s publish mentioned individuals ought to “vote Donald Trump out this November.” Reality-checker Snopes reported that claims that mail-in voting “substantially” increased the risk of voter fraud were “mostly false.” 

Fb mentioned it is increasing the labeling to posts about voting within the US on the primary social community and on Instagram. The labels will direct individuals to the brand new voter info heart.





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Queenie Wong