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PREPARING FOR ELECTIONS

We are committed to securing our platforms, providing transparency and empowering people to vote.

A vote counted is a voice heard.

That’s why we make preparing for elections one of our highest priorities. Since 2016, we’ve tripled the size of our teams working on safety and security to include more than 35,000 people. We’ve taken steps to reduce the spread of misinformation and provide more transparency and control around political ads.

We’ve also launched the largest voting information campaign in US history. We estimate we helped a record 4.5 million people register to vote based on conversion rates we calculated from a few states we partnered with.

EMPOWERING VOTERS

We've launched the largest voting information campaign in US history.

The Voting Information Centers on Facebook and Instagram provided official information from election authorities to help people prepare for the US 2020 Election. We estimate we helped a record 4.5 million people register to vote based on conversion rates we calculated from a few states we partnered with. 140 million people visited the Voting Information Center, including more than 33 million people on Election Day.

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PREVENTING ELECTION INTERFERENCE

We have advanced security operations to take down manipulation campaigns and identify emerging threats.

Our security teams investigate and take down coordinated networks of inauthentic accounts, Pages and Groups that seek to manipulate public debate.


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We stop millions of fake accounts every day before they are even created. Facebook Protect further secures the accounts of elected officials, candidates and their staff.


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We work with governments, law enforcement agencies, nonprofits, civil rights groups and other tech companies to stop emerging threats.


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We detect and remove manipulation campaigns around the world and across our apps. Since 2017, we have removed over 100 networks worldwide for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior, including ahead of major democratic elections.

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FIGHTING MISINFORMATION

We help prevent the spread of misinformation and provide additional context so people can make informed decisions.

INCREASING TRANSPARENCY

We provide an industry-leading level of transparency around political advertising and pages so you can see who is trying to influence your vote.

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Every political and social issue ad that runs on Facebook and Instagram is stored in a searchable Ad Library for seven years. We offer tools to help journalists, researchers and policymakers conduct analysis and learn more.

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To run a political or social issue ad, advertisers must go through our authorization process, which includes proving who they are and where they live.

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Ads about social issues, elections or politics include “Paid for by” disclaimers to show who’s behind the ad. US advertisers must now provide additional information, like a Federal Election Commission ID or Tax-ID number.

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We show you the confirmed owner and locations of Facebook Pages, and we label state-controlled media in the US. For Instagram accounts with large audiences, you can see information such as the country where it is located.

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CrowdTangle, our social media monitoring tool lets you see what presidential candidates are saying on Facebook and Instagram, as well as branded content they sponsored.

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You can turn off social issue, electoral or political ads with one switch.

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You can see how much presidential, senate and house candidates spent on ads leading up to the US 2020 elections.

Download the Spending Tracker