Safer Facebook – level 3

05-02-2019 07:00

Facebook is expanding its fight against political misinformation to help countries prevent foreign interference in their elections.

The company wants to prevent another scandal like the one in 2016, when Russian-linked operations used Facebook to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.

Facebook will require advertisers to be authorised before buying political ads, give people more information about the ads and start a searchable public library. The new tools will first launch in the EU before the parliamentary elections, then in India, Ukraine and Israel. They will become available globally before July.

The company also set up regional operations centres in Dublin and in Singapore which will add extra ‘defence against fake news, hate speech and voter suppression’.

Difficult words: prevent (stop something from happening before it happens), interference (the act of interfering, manipulating, changing), launch (start).

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