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Meta, run by Zuckerberg, reports 40,000 people on duty to protect global elections online

Meta, the company behind popular apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, has declared that they are leading the charge in protecting online elections in 2024. With over 40,000 employees dedicated to safeguarding online elections and an investment of over $20 billion in technology, Meta is positioning itself as a key player in election security.

As South Africa gears up for general elections on May 29th, Meta has announced plans to establish a South Africa-specific Elections Operations Centre to monitor and address potential threats in real time. The company boasts the largest fact-checking network in the country, with partners who fact-check content in various languages including English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Sotho, and Setswana.

Working closely with the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), Meta has been actively involved in preparations for the upcoming elections. By facilitating easier access for fact-checkers to identify and rate election-related content through keyword detection, Meta is aiming to combat misinformation and ensure the integrity of the electoral process.

In addition to these efforts, Meta will be launching special features like the ‘Voter Information Unit’ and ‘Election Day Reminder’ on both Facebook and Instagram platforms ahead of the election day. With a strong focus on election security and integrity, Meta’s initiatives in South Africa highlight the company’s commitment to protecting the democratic process in the digital age.

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