2023 Elections: Meta set up a team to monitor posts on Facebook, Instagram

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Metathe owners of Facebook, Instagramand whatsappsays it has established a cross-functional team spread across the globe to monitor the posts of Nigerians before, during, and after the country’s 2023 elections, especially on Facebook and Instagram.

According to Meta, the group was put together to tackle hate speech, misinformation, and fake news throughout the election season.

It highlighted several other measures it has taken to protect the integrity of elections in Nigeria.

Group composition: Without disclosing details about the team members, Meta said the team includes many Nigerians and others who have spent time living in the country.

  • “The team also includes individuals with global expertise in misinformation, hate speech, elections and disinformation. These teams work hard to prevent any abuse of our services before, during, and after the 2023 general elections in Nigeria. Locally, we also have staff who live in Nigeria and work on public policy, and public policy programs, and communications,” it added.

Why the move: Speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Meta’s Head of Public Policy for Anglophone West Africa, Adaora Ikenze, said the company’s approach to the upcoming elections was informed by its experience from previous elections in Sub-Saharan Africa. and its conversations on human rights. groups, NGOs, local civil society organizations, regional experts and local election authorities.

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  • “We know we have an important responsibility when it comes to helping people stay safe during elections. Using lessons from the past as well as input from experts and policy makers across the national spectrum, we are making significant investments in people and technology to reduce misinformation, remove harmful content from our platforms, combat voter interference and promote civic engagement during elections. We continue to work -work with the electoral authorities and local partners in Nigeria to ensure that we prepare for Nigeria’s specific challenges and take appropriate steps to stay ahead of emerging threats,” he said.

He further revealed that since 2016, Meta has quadrupled the size of global teams working on safety and security to around 40,000 people, and has invested more than $16 billion in the teams. and technology in this area. It also includes over 15,000 content reviewers located around the world in every major timezone.

He said these reviewers can review content in more than 70 languages- including Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa.

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wrong information on WhatsApp: While WhatsApp is widely used by many for misinformation through forwarded messages, Ikenze said Meta has introduced measures to limit the spread of viral messages. According to him, any message that has been forwarded once, can only be forwarded to one group at a time, instead of five, which was the previous limit.

  • “When we introduced the same feature for forwarded messages, it reduced the number of these messages sent on WhatsApp by more than 70%. We also labeled ‘forwarded’ and ‘highly forwarded’ messages. message to highlight when something has been shared multiple times,” he said.


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