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Facebook launches global project to fight election interference

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In a bid to prevent its platform from being abused during elections, on Thursday announced a partnership with Washington-based Atlantic Council's that will independently monitor and other vulnerabilities in elections globally, including in

Experts from the research lab will work closely with Facebook's security, policy and product teams to get and updates on emerging threats and campaigns from around the world.

"This will help increase the number of 'eyes and ears' we have working to spot potential abuse on our service - enabling us to more effectively identify gaps in our systems, pre-empt obstacles, and ensure that plays a positive role during elections all around the world," Katie Harbath, Global and at Facebook, said in a blog post.

According to Mark Zuckerberg, it is important to make sure no one interferes in any more elections, including in

"Our goals are to understand Facebook's impact on upcoming elections-like Brazil, India, and the US midterms-and to inform our future product and policy decisions," he said while testifying before the US Congress in April.

"The most important thing I care about right now is making sure no one interferes in the various 2018 elections around the world," he told a panel of 44 Senators.

Facebook is doubling the number of people who work on safety and security and using technology like (AI) to more effectively block fake accounts during elections

Facebook will also use the Atlantic Council's Unit Monitoring Missions during elections and other sensitive moments.

"This will allow us to focus on a particular geographic area - monitoring for misinformation and foreign interference and also working to help educate citizens as well as civil society," Harbath said.

The and Facebook's partnership will promote and supplement @DFRLab's existing #ElectionWatch efforts and allow for greater capacity building with journalists and to incorporate similar methods into their own work.

"Through the innovative work of the Digital Forensic Research Lab, we are building a digital solidarity movement, a community driven by a shared commitment to protect democracy and advance truth across the globe," noted Fred Kempe, President and

Last month, Facebook announced an independent commission to help fund and organise research into the impact of on society - starting with elections.



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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 18:58 IST