Facebook’s information center for voting resources, which was announced a few weeks ago, is now available in the United States. The social network, in a blog post, writes that by providing quick access to accurate and official voting information, it seeks to “protect the integrity of our elections” and to “navigate a confusing election process”.
Both Instagram and Facebook users will soon find a link to the polling information center in their accounts. However, Facebook says that it will personally send notifications to inform voting age people about the new feature.
Originally unveiled this year with the goal of helping register 4 million voters, Facebook’s online hub offers a variety of election-related topics such as relevant links to register as a voter, absentee or mail- Offers resources to request these ballots, “well-sourced news”, and verified posts from state election officials and other non-partner civic organizations. Starting today, Facebook links to information centers related to polling stations – will begin to label all its users, not only federal politicians.
What’s more, Facebook has added a tool called Voting Alert which, when enabled, allows you to receive updates from local election officials on “late-breaking changes in the voting process”. The social network says that only government authority pages, not individual election officials, are eligible to participate. The company is partnering with the Beapartisan Policy Center to share facts about voting that will host “facts about the topics of the general election.”
Mark Zuckerberg said that I believe Facebook does not have the responsibility to stop voter suppression – which targets people of color in an uncompromising way – but also actively supports well-informed voter engagement, registration and voting. is.
Facebook faces a particularly high challenge this year. As the increase in mail-in ballots, election results ultimately work normally, there is much room for misinformation to spread and influence voters. Naomi Gleit, VP Product and Social Impact of the social network further wrote in a blog post, “A lengthy ballet process can be exploited to sow distrust in election results.”
While Zuckerberg has long been against the idea, Facebook is also now reportedly considering a ban on political advertisements. In June, the social network added the ability for users to opt out of personalized ads in person.
Tomorrow, facebook Announced It is one of nine tech companies that collaborate with federal agencies to discuss misinformation and how each platform prepares for the November elections.