Well known social networking giant Facebook has announced that it is setting up a special task force to check hate speech in the run-up to the 2019 Indian parliamentary election.
This is especially critical as the tech platform has earlier allegedly been used for influencing election.
The task force will comprise “hundreds of people” in the country to prevent people from abusing its platform, Facebook said.
“With the 2019 elections coming, we are pulling together a group of specialists to work together with political parties,” stated the Richard Allan, who is Facebook’s Vice President for Global Policy Solutions.
Allan said Facebook has also set a target of bringing more transparency for political ads on its platform in India by March.
Once the new ad platform is in place, people will be able to see who has paid for a particular advertisement, Facebook said.
He explained that the challenge for this team will be to distinguish between political news and propaganda.
This team will be based in India and will have a diverse outlook.>