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Meta beefs up vigil on social media content as elections kick off, assures additional steps if needed

Facebook has 410 million users and Instagram 210 million users in the country. Messaging platform WhatsApp has close to 530 million users

February 11, 2022 / 08:49 AM IST

Meta, which owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, is gearing up to monitor and combat potential abuse of the platform around the elections. Five states - Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur - have set out to select their new governments.

Facebook has 410 million users and Instagram has 210 million users in the country. Messaging platform WhatsApp has close to 530 million users.

In a blog, Meta  said that it will activate its Elections Operations Center to monitor and respond to potential abuses that we see emerging related to these elections in real time.

“Since 2018, we’ve used this model for major elections around the world. It brings together subject matter experts from across the company – including from our threat intelligence, data science, engineering, research, operations, policy and legal teams — to give us more visibility of emerging threats. That way we can respond quickly before they become larger,” said the blog.