The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, announced on Tuesday that it set itself the goal of contributing to the entry of four million more Americans on the electoral lists for the presidential election in November.
“We are announcing Wednesday the largest campaign of electoral information in american history. Our goal is to help four million people to sign up,” he wrote in a column published by USA Today.
The social network plans to offer its users “a new Centre of electoral information […] at the top of the news feed on Facebook and on Instagram, to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to see it”, he detailed.
“Overall, we expect that more than 160 million people in the United States will be between July and November of information from reliable sources on Facebook about how to vote in the general elections”, according to its estimates.
Voter registration is a key issue of the presidential election in the United States, members of some disadvantaged communities that have difficulties or a reluctance to be on the lists.
Mr. Zuckerberg also recalled its determination against the misinformation.
“In 2016, we had been slow to identify interference foreign to our platform”, he admitted. “The threat of interference in elections is real and still up to date, but our systems are more prepared than ever before. We have dismantled over 50 networks of fake accounts in 2019, and we have removed 18 this year”.