Oct 21, 2019

Facebook reveals preparations for UK election

Facebook has set out extra measures for fighting the spread of disinformation at the next UK election. Richard Allan, Facebook's vice president of policy solutions, detailed its plans for an expected UK election in an article for the Daily Telegraph. All political ads, including ads in the UK on social issues such as immigration, health and the environment, will be subject to verification of the identification of the poster, and stored in the firm's political archive, searchable by anyone, whether or not they are a member of Facebook. Facebook later removed the ad. Full Fact said that various versions of the headline would have received up to 510,000 impressions, although that could have included multiple viewings by one person. Mr Allan stopped short of saying that the extra measures would be sufficient to prevent election interference in the next UK election.

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