NEWS29 January 2019

Facebook will open ‘war room’ ahead of EU elections

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UK – Facebook is launching a ‘war room’ to address political misinformation, according to Nick Clegg, the company’s new vice-president.

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In his first speech in the role, the former deputy prime minister said the company plans to establish an “operations centre focused on elections integrity”.

Launching in spring, the Dublin-based centre will focus on political misinformation ahead of the forthcoming EU elections in May.

Speaking in Brussels, Clegg said: “This approach will help boost our rapid response efforts to fight misinformation, bringing together dozens of experts from across the company – including from our threat intelligence, data science, engineering, research, community operations and legal teams,” the Guardian reported.

It is not the first time Facebook has created a ‘war room’ as it looks to tackle the spread of fake news on its platform. Ahead of midterm and presidential elections in the US and Brazil last year, the company set up a 24-hour command centre to coordinate responses to election interference.