Why We’re Partnering With Facebook on Election Integrity

May 17, 2018

Today @DFRLab announced that we are partnering with Facebook to expand our #ElectionWatch program to identify, expose, and explain disinformation during elections around the world. The effort is part of a broader initiative to provide independent and credible research about the role of social media in elections, as well as democracy more generally.

Democracy depends on debate, but productive debate depends on facts. In government for and by the people, facts are a foundation. Too often in recent years, we have witnessed attacks on this foundation: the deliberate spreading of false information, hostile state actors promoting divisive content, and attacks on fact-based reporting and evidence-based research.

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Image: Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg arrived for a meeting with Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 9. (Reuters/Leah Millis)