Facebook outlines the threats its bracing for ahead of 2020 U.S. election

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Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman of Fb, speaks on the second day of the 56th Munich Safety Convention. The combat towards propaganda campaigns and different makes an attempt at manipulation prices Fb billions yearly.

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Facebook on Thursday outlined the threats that the corporate is working to counter forward of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. 

These threats by overseas and home actors embody:

  • Makes an attempt to make use of social media to suppress voter turnout by spreading false details about how voting works within the midst of a pandemic. 
  • Makes an attempt to deprave public debate throughout vote counting. 
  • Hack and leak operations the place a nasty actor steals info and releases it to affect public debate. 

The threats had been outlined by Nathaniel Gleicher, Fb’s head of safety coverage, along with the Thursday launch of Fb’s Voting Information Center, which is able to present info to Fb and Instagram customers about how and when to vote, the right way to register, the right way to vote by mail and the right way to vote early.

“We wish to be certain folks have entry to the newest, authoritative details about preliminary outcomes on and after election night time,” Gleicher mentioned. 

Requested about how Fb is getting ready to deal with attempts by President Trump to discredit mail-in voting, Gleicher mentioned that is one thing the corporate is targeted on. 

“Particularly as a result of it seems to be more and more like we might not have outcomes on election night time,” mentioned Gleicher, including that Fb is ready to supply customers with correct details about the vote counts on election night time and the next days. 

“It is significantly essential that folks know not simply the place the vote is, what’s taking place, what is going on to occur subsequent and that there’s a course of in place that’s working to get to an correct and honest end result,” he mentioned.

Gleicher added the corporate is ready to take motion towards posts from any Fb customers that incite violence or clearly violate the social community’s neighborhood requirements.

“We’ll proceed to evolve our response to remain forward of our adversaries and make sure the integrity of the U.S. elections,” Gleicher mentioned. 

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