Facebook tackles foreign election meddling with Atlantic Council partnership

From CNET: Facebook launched a partnership with the Atlantic Council on Thursday that will help prevent malicious actors use the social network to interfere with elections.

The think tank's Digital Forensic Research Lab will help Facebook monitor specific regions to prevent the spread of misinformation on the platform and educate citizens about the risks, according to a press release. The partnership is designed to assist Facebook "in its efforts to strengthen democracy," said Atlantic Council President and CEO Fred Kempe.

Earlier this year Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally admitted that Facebook could be bad for democracy, and promised to work on fixing the issue. The majority of Facebook users are based outside of the US, meaning its potential impact on elections is a global issue -- something Zuckerberg acknowledged in his earnings call last month. It's also something he'll be talking about with EU officials and politicians as he visits the European Parliament in Brussels next week.

The company is now investing heavily to prevent its service from being abused during elections, including by partnering with outside experts, said Katie Harbath, Facebook's global politics and government director in a statement.

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