Facebook vs dirty tricks politics

Facebook has set up a war room to stop block any to moves to manipulate the US midterms elections. The space is staffed by employees across the organisation, including from Facebook itself, WhatsApp, Instagram, data science and legal.

Facebook says that this is all about improving reaction times within the organisation and maintains that the technology it has in place would have been able to tackle the Russian manipulation rife in the presidential election. The company says its 20,000 employees working on safety and security.

Facebook says it identified efforts to suppress turnout ahead of the recent Brazilian presidential election and was able to quickly shut it down. However, allegations emerged late last week of a dirty tricks campaign on WhatsApp in favour of far-right populist candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

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