For the upcoming Indian state elections, Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has been preparing. The company has developed a strategy to ensure people’s safety and encourage civic engagement during these critical times. Vidhan Sabha elections will be held in five states beginning on 10th February, including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa, and Manipur.
The company has decided to detect and remove all the hate speech and violent content shared on the social media platforms owned by Meta. Some of the main points included in Meta’s plan are spreading misinformation, transparent political advertising, and partnering with the election authorities to remove violent content.
Meta’s Elections Operations Center
Meta has decided to activate their Elections Operations Center to monitor the potential abuses related to these state elections and respond to them. The company has been using this model during different elections across the globe. Meta has activated its threat intelligence team, engineering research team, data science, operations, policy and legal team to work together during the upcoming state elections in India. They will help Meta with more visibility on emerging threats and the company will be able to respond quickly before the issue gets bigger.
Hate Speech and Harmful Content
Meta has stated that they are aware of how the hate speeches spread on their platform can result in offline harm, so they are prepared to detect all harmful content and remove it before they become a major issue. During the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections in India, Meta is committed to keeping the people safe. Meta has invested over $13 billion in technology and teams, which has allowed the company to grow its team of experts working on safety and security.