August 13, 2020, 09.17 PM

It is also launching a "Voting Alerts" feature to help state and local election authorities communicate with voters about election-related updates.

"This will be increasingly critical as we get closer to the election, with potential late-breaking changes to the voting process that could impact voters," Facebook said.

"Only pages from a government authority, not the personal page of an individual election official, are eligible to participate in this feature."

Facebook's latest moves come amid concerns over campaigns by governments aimed at influencing elections and public sentiment in other countries through media outlets that disguise their true origins.

Read also: Expect Foreign Interference from Russia, China, and Iran in US Presidential Election

State-led influence campaigns were prominent on social media during the 2016 US election and have been seen around the world.

Facebook said the Voting Information Center was another layer in its line of defense against interference in the lead-up to the November election.

"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.

"We encourage people in the US to use this new resource and make their voices heard by voting this fall." 

(Writers & Editors: BUR-MTP/GLE) 

Source: http://u.afp.com/32rK 

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