Facebook is working in collaboration with the ECP (Election Commission of Pakistan) to further understand and address the specific challenges in Pakistan and gear up its efforts to prevent abuse, revealed in an official statement given by Facebook.
They further added, “We have been working proactively with Election Commission of Pakistan to help support their effort to maintain the integrity of the election”.
Facebook furthermore added “It is increasing the number of people working on safety and security issues around the world to 20,000 people by the end of the year, as it employed dedicated teams working on all of the world’s upcoming elections, including Pakistan, to help detect and prevent malicious actors or abuse on Facebook”.
Facebook has helped to educate ECP officials on how the platform works with the goal of increasing transparency, improving security, and promoting civic engagement. “We are also exploring new ways of working with the Election Commission of Pakistan to share a reminder about the ECP’s 8300 Voter SMS service, which is designed to give Pakistanis easy access to their voter record and polling station”, further said the statement given by Facebook.
Facebook officials have said that they had taken significant steps to bring more transparency to ads and Pages on Facebook. So anyone can now view active ads from Pages on Facebook. The feature will allow the community in Pakistan and around the world to see ads across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook’s partner network, even if those ads aren’t shown to you. People can also learn more about Pages, even if they don’t advertise.
Protecting general elections from abuse on Facebook is one of the most important things that the company has been working on at the time. “We know there’s more to do, and we will continue to work hard to ensure that Facebook can play a positive and constructive role in Pakistan’s democratic process, both in 2018 and in the long-term”, concluded the statement.