Facebook has appointed former journalist Natasha Jog as its election integrity head for India, along with two other public policy professionals for politics and government roles, reports the Economic Times. This three-member team will oversee Facebook’s election integrity efforts in India.
Based in New Delhi, Jog will report to Facebook’s global public policy director Katie Harbath, who is based out of Facebook’s headquarters in California. Jog (Twitter, LinkedIn) had been with NDTV for over 18 years, fulfilling several roles until July 2018, when she was serving as senior editor & anchor, special programming, along with heading start-up and education programming. She started working at NDTV in 2000 as an anchor, news editor and reporter.
With Jog’s appointment, Facebook has completed a search process which began four months ago, according to ET, and at least a month ago when Harbath said Facebook was looking for an election integrity head for India.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Facebook has launched an offline verification process for political advertisers in December, and said that it would launch a political ads library in February to increase election transparency. Yesterday, Facebook added five new fact-checkers to its existing two fact-checkers, it now has seven fact-checkers across six languages.
Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp said that it removes 2 million suspicious accounts every month to arrest the spread of misinformation on the platform.