thenews.com.pk 21 Sep, 2020 18:30 am

Facebook launches initiative to encourage voting in US presidential elections

Facebook launches initiative to encourage voting in US presidential elections
The Silicon Valley giant is also planning to stream an hour-long program Tuesday called Vote-A-Thon 2020

5 million people register to vote."We have more work to do to reach our goal of helping more than 4 million people register this year, but we're pleased with the progress we're making to help people use their voices to vote," Facebook said in a statement.A total of about 39 million people have already visited the virtual voting information centers on Facebook and Instagram.— AFP/Files  NEW YORK: Facebook is launching a new initiative this week to encourage Americans to vote in the upcoming presidential election, the latest effort by the social network to prove it is a responsible player on the internet.

With this latest push, Facebook is seeking to show that it is no longer a means of massive disinformation as it was ahead of major votes in 2016, notably the US presidential election and the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom.For instance, Facebook announced at the start of September that no new political ads would be shared on its platform in the week leading up to the US presidential election on November 3.

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