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Facebook announces enhanced security measures ahead on Pak elections

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

has enhanced its security measures to protect the integrity of the July 25 in and prevent the spread of false news, a for the social media giant, which has been plagued by a massive data leak scandal, said.

founder had to face grilling in the US and in the over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which was accused of unduly influencing the 2016 US electoral process.

Sarim Aziz, Facebook's in Pakistan, said that for the coming elections in the company had increased its safety and security staff to monitor all activities connected with the elections and to protect the integrity of the elections.

"We have increased the number of safety and security people on our staff working on this area, with dedicated teams focused on preventing abuse on the platform during elections and started training of the Election Commission of Pakistan's officials with the goal of increasing transparency and helping authorities promote civic engagement," Aziz said.

He said enhanced security measures had been taken to protect pages of political parties and candidates, improving the enforcement of its ads policies and greater ads and page transparency, better use of to combat fake accounts, and working to reduce the spread of false

Facebook is widely used in and the political parties, politicians and their supporters commonly use the to express their point of view.

Aziz said Facebook's safety and security staff had been working with the to better understand and address the specific challenges faced in the country and help ensure that candidates are safe on the platform.

Facebook Zuckerberg had promised in last April to ensure security and transparency on its forum ahead of elections in different countries, including Pakistan.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 15:20 IST