In a first, Facebook contacts Election Commission of Pakistan for General Elections 2018 transparency drive
ISLAMABAD - Facebook has geared up its efforts to ensure they are doing everything that they can to prevent abuse and fake news during the Election 2018 in Pakistan. The company has said that it is now working in collaboration with the Election Commission of Pakistan to better understand and address the specific challenges faced locally in Pakistan.
Facebook is increasing the number of people working on safety and security issues around the world to 20,000 people by the end of the year, as it employed dedicated teams working on all of the world’s upcoming elections – including Pakistan – to help detect and prevent malicious actors or abuse on Facebook.
Facebook has said that it recognizes the importance of working closely with local authorities to encourage civic participation in local elections. “We have been working proactively with Election Commission of Pakistan to help support their effort to maintain the integrity of the election”, the statement issued by Facebook said.
Facebook has helped educate Election Commission officials on how the platform works with the goal of increasing transparency, improving security, and promoting civic engagement. “We are also exploring new ways of working with the Election Commission of Pakistan to share a reminder about the ECP’s 8300 Voter SMS service, which is designed to give Pakistanis easy access to their voter record and polling station”, further said the statement.
There are people who want to abuse the platform to harm the democratic process. This is something Facebook is absolutely committed to preventing, and is taking a number of steps to protect and preserve the integrity of the upcoming elections around the world. Pakistan is no exception, the company explained.