Election 2019 : Facebook to set up Task Force

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Popular social networking site Facebook on Saturday said it is establishing a task force comprising “hundreds of people” that will work together with political parties for the 2019 General Elections in India.

Adding that the team will try to curb election-related abuse, an official asserted, “The challenge for the task force in India would be to distinguish between real political news and political propaganda.”

In April, Zuckerberg said Facebook will ensure that its platform is not misused to influence elections in India and elsewhere.

“Our goals are to understand Facebook’s impact on upcoming elections — like Brazil, India, Mexico and the US midterms — and to inform our future product and policy decisions,” he told US lawmakers during a hearing.

Facebook uses a combination of technology, including Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and reports from its community to identify violating content on the platform.

The reports are reviewed by members of its “Community Operations” team who review content in over 50 languages in the world, including 12 from India.

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