New Delhi (Sputnik): After the US and Brazil, Facebook is now planning to have a "war room" to curb the spread of misinformation ahead of the parliamentary elections in India. The social media company's control centre in India is likely to be based on the pattern of its original war room in the US. The centre is being set up in India to put a lid on fake news on its platform during the upcoming national elections, a report by Indian newspaper Mint said.
Facebook aims for constant engagement with Election Commission to understand how it can ensure Elections 2019 are safe from abuse and misinformation on its platform. https://t.co/CCjqP7teqm— Livemint (@livemint) March 10, 2019
"The social media giant's Delhi operations centre will coordinate with its offices at Menlo Park (US), Dublin, Ireland and Singapore to monitor election content round the clock", the report read.
Facebook is aiming to engage with the Election Commission of India (EC) to help ensure that the general election is safe from potential abuse and spread of misinformation that may be facilitated by using its platform. Multiple cross-functional teams will look at various aspects of the platform including content. Some teams will work closely with the EC, the Mint reported Shivnath Thukral, the Facebook director of public policy (India and South Asia), as saying.
Similar control centres were built by Facebook ahead of the mid-term elections in the US and during the Brazilian elections.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Sunday, while announcing dates for Indian parliamentary elections, said that social media platforms would deploy fact-checkers to scan fake news and use of abusive language. The Facebook move seems to be a step along the lines of the CEC directives.
The social media platforms have also committed to taking action on any complaint reported by the designated officers of the Election Commission of India (ECI).https://t.co/o4sxBGUKgB— News18.com (@news18dotcom) March 11, 2019
#IANSExplainer: With the #ElectionCommission outlining stringent guidelines for #socialmedia usage during #elections, #PoliticalParties & candidates won't be able to post unverified #ads, photographs of defence personnel, hate speeches & #FakeNews on their accounts.
Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook has been facing the heat of regulatory backlash from Indian authorities, with several warnings to crack down on fake news on its platform. Additionally, in February, a parliamentary panel had summoned representatives of the company, from its stand-alone messaging service WhatsApp and from its photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it and discuss how to safeguard citizens' rights on social media.