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Facebook announces steps to protect US 2020 elections; no mention of fact-checking political ads

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Facebook has announced a host of steps to protect US Presidential candidates for the 2020 elections and reduce foreign interference in the elections. With Facebook Protect, it will offer candidates, elected officials, federal and state departments and agencies, party committees, and their staff stronger account security protections such as two factor authentication. Facebook will also monitor accounts of people who opt-in to this service for potential hacking. These new policies come at a time when Facebook has been criticised for not fact checking political advertisements, and a leaked audio call of CEO Mark Zuckerberg talking to his employees has surfaced where he promises to fight back against any calls for breaking up the company. Ad-spend tracker, confirmed page owner among policy changes Confirmed page owner: Pages will now have a new “Organisations That Manage This Page” tab, featuring its “confirmed" owner, including…

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