Facebook ramps up election security efforts ahead of 2020

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 22, 2019

Facebook said that the "coordinated inauthentic behavior" took aim at the U.S., North Africa and Latin America and included "proactive work ahead of the U.S. elections". We have shared information about our findings with law enforcement, policymakers and industry partners.

In a blog post Monday, the company also disclosed some adjustments to its policies meant to combat foreign influence and manipulation.

Announcing a slew of initiatives created to prevent a repeat of 2016's presidential election, in which Russian agents allegedly exploited Facebook to influence voters, the company said it would begin labelling "state-controlled media".

With Facebook making more of a concerted effort to ensure that its massive platform isn't being used to spread lies and inflammatory disinformation, the social networking giant today revealed that it recently kicked off a network of fake profiles and group pages created to just that. Facebook has gone to great lengths to tell voters and lawmakers that it's taking misinformation more seriously-something it did ahead of the 2018 US midterms as well.

It'll also be labeling pages from state-run media, and rolling out a new spending tracker for presidential candidates.

The company said it would be stepping up its protection of the Facebook and Instagram accounts of candidates, elected officials and their teams through a program called Facebook Protect.

All told, Facebook removed more than 100 profiles, about 23 pages, and upwards of 20 Instagram accounts for spreading a multitude of false stories across a variety of issues, including the conflict in the Middle East, U.S. relations with Iran, the Black Lives Matter movement, U.S. political figures, and more. "People should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying".

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