Facebook and its photo service Instagram launched a new online hub Thursday that allows users to find information about voting, Report says, citing TASS.
Misinformation on social networks has been a top concern after Russian trolls used these sites to post content that aimed to sow discord among Americans during the 2016 US presidential election. Facebook has also been under fire for not sending posts from politicians, including President Donald Trump, to fact-checkers. The company has been trying to tackle misinformation about the novel coronavirus and elections by directing users to reliable sources.
"By providing clear, accurate, and authoritative information to people, we will continue to reduce the ability of malicious networks to take advantage of uncertainty around the pandemic to interfere with the election," said Naomi Gleit, who oversees product management and social impact, in a blog post.
Facebook also plans to use the center to combat any misinformation about election results. On Wednesday, the social media giant said it would continue to work with other tech companies and US government agencies to protect election integrity. In June, the social network said the new voting information center is part of the company's effort to get 4 million people to register to vote in the 2020 US elections. Facebook, which has 2.7 billion users, called the effort the "largest voting information campaign in American history."
The new voting information center on Facebook and Instagram includes a way to check if you're registered to vote and a link to register if you're not. You can also find information about mail-in voting and review deadlines. Users can find the center on the menu on Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook said the center would include information from sources such as state election officials and nonpartisan civic organizations. The center will also urge people to sign up as state poll workers, which election staffers say they've been having trouble doing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Facebook is also launching a new feature designed to help state and local election officials alert the public about updates regarding voting.