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Facebook announced a number of new initiatives that it hopes will help protect the integrity of the U.S. elections in November.
Those initiatives include:
- Not accepting new polticial ads in the week before the election.
- Removing posts that claim that people will get COVID-19 if they take part in voting, and adding context to posts that appear to use COVID-19 to discourage voting.
- Attaching information to content that "seeks to delegitimize the outcome of the election or discuss the legitimacy of voting methods."
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Jamie Condliffe ( @jme_c) is the news editor at Protocol, based in London. Prior to joining Protocol in 2019, he worked on the business desk at The New York Times, where he edited the DealBook newsletter and wrote Bits, the weekly tech newsletter. He has previously worked at MIT Technology Review, Gizmodo, and New Scientist, and has held lectureships at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. He also holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Oxford.