Nigerian and other countries will be having their general elections this year and social media giants, Facebook has made it known that some of its political advertising rules and tools will be stretched to check the spread of fake news and foreign interference.
Facebook has been lambasted in recent times for being a tool used to spread of fake news and foreign interference due to its rather weak policies that allows politicians place sponsored ads that can widen their audience for them to propel their sometimes, disturbing agendas.
Nigeria, India, Ukraine and the European Union, are some places where elections are set to hold this 2019, hence the need for Facebook implement several initiatives to curb excesses in political ads.
An official statement read:
“In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out additional protections ahead of upcoming elections.
“Nigeria and Ukraine: We’ll temporarily expand enforcement and not accept foreign electoral ads around their elections, starting with Nigeria on January 16”.
Facebook also stated that an ad library will be launched. Also, they plan to enforce authorizations and launch some transparency tools, ahead of the Indian general elections and the EU elections in May.
The company stated: “By shining a light on political ads, news organizations, regulators, watchdog groups and people anywhere in the world can hold advertisers and us more accountable”.