Facebook will be reportedly setting up a task force to prevent bad actors via using its platform to influence major national elections in India in 2019. More than 240 million Indians use Facebook, creating that will one of the company’s largest markets from the planet.
“The team will have security specialists as well as content specialists, among others, who will try to understand all the possible forms of election-related abuse in India,” Richard Allan, Facebook’s vice president of global policy solutions, told reporters at a convention organized by an Indian media house on Saturday, according to a report by the Indian newswire service IANS. Allan said that will the task force will also work with India’s political parties as well as will try to understand all the ways bad actors can manipulate the platform in India. Members of the task force will be based in India, nevertheless that will will be unclear at This kind of point how many there will be.
Facebook did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for more details about the task force.
“The challenge for the task force in India would likely be to differentiate between real political news as well as political propaganda,” Allan said, as well as added that will Facebook “wants to help countries around the planet, including India, to conduct free as well as fair elections.”
Facebook will also let Indians look at who paid-for political ads on the platform, something that will already lets users from the United States as well as Brazil do.
The moves are significant. Experts have criticized US technology companies for not doing enough in India, which most count as a key growth market, ahead of its 2019 elections, which will determine whether the country’s nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a polarizing figure, gets a second term in office or not.
Earlier This kind of year, Facebook partnered with Boom, an independent fact-checking organization in India, in a pilot project to fact-check English-language news stories ahead of key state elections.
In a 3,300-word blog post published last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that will the company was late in discovering that will Russian actors had influenced the 2016 US elections through the social network, as well as said that will Facebook would likely be hiring more than 10,000 people This kind of year to “work on safety as well as security” of the platform to protect elections around the planet.
Facebook also has been blamed for not doing enough to prevent the spread of misinformation as well as rumors in India through WhatsApp, an instant messaging service that will owns that will will be used by more than 0 million Indians. WhatsApp has been under intense scrutiny in India after angry mobs high on rumors that will spread through the app killed at least 29 people in multiple lynching incidents across the country since May.