Robert Traynham: November 1, 2019

PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS

WHAT FACEBOOK IS DOING TO COMBAT FALSE INFORMATION AND

FOREIGN INTERFERENCE ON ITS PLATFORM AHEAD OF 2020

 

Robert Traynham

Head of Public Affairs at Facebook

 

With state elections next Tuesday and the 2020 elections in the US just over a year away, Facebook is announcing several new measures to help protect the democratic process and is providing an update on initiatives already underway.  Facebook says it is taking seriously its responsibility to stop abuse and election interference on its platform. It has made significant investments since 2016 to better identify new threats, close vulnerabilities and reduce the spread of viral misinformation and fake accounts.

Robert Traynham, head of Public Affairs at Facebook, will be available to discuss the company’s initiatives to protect election integrity in three main areas:

Foreign Interference:

·         Combating inauthentic behavior, including an updated policy

·         Protecting the accounts of candidates, elected officials, their teams and others through Facebook Protect

False Information:

·         Preventing the spread of misinformation, including clearer fact-checking labels

·         Fighting voter suppression and interference, including banning paid ads that suggest voting is useless or advise people not to vote

·         Helping people better understand the information they see online, including an initial investment of $2 million to support media literacy projects

Increasing Transparency:

·         Making Pages more transparent, including showing the confirmed owner of a Page

·         Labeling state-controlled media on their Page and in our Ad Library

·         Making it easier to understand political ads, including a new US presidential candidate spend tracker

For more information please visit https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/10/update-on-election-integrity-efforts/

 

MORE ABOUT ROBERT TRAYNHAM:
Robert Traynham is a respected political veteran and communications expert, who, for nearly two decades, has designed and executed impactful communications, marketing and external campaigns for elected leaders, political organizations, non-profits and Fortune 50 companies such as Wal-Mart, Comcast and currently Facebook.  Dr. Traynham is currently the Head of External Affairs for Facebook in their Washington, DC offices where he oversees the external engagement relationships on behalf of the company to reporters, nonprofit leaders, universities and other thought leaders across the country.

 

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