There is a shortage of poll workers ahead of the November 2020 elections. Facebook has launched a poll worker recruitment push in the News Feed.
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Russia interfered in the 2016 elections and there have been concerns it might do so again. Election officials are preparing for new Russian interference battle.
Key experts have schooled he US Congress on where to expect the biggest threat to election this year. They pointed out disinformation in particular.
The Turkish government is pushing a bill that will allow it control of social media. HRW published an article which urged parliament and social media firms to oppose it.
Trump’s campaign is accusing Facebook’s voter registration drive of an attempt to swing the vote in favour of Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Facebook has launched a voter drive ahead of the 2020 polls targeting 4 million voter registrations. It inspired new claims of bias by the Trump campaign.
The Homeland Security Department has appealed for expertise to help track and analyse social media disinformation by Russia, China, Iran, North Korea.
It would be crucial for the November 2020 election results to be known on election day to avoid a storm of social media speculations.
Democratic leader Adam Schiff has accused social media companies of misinformation, negligence. This is happening as November 2020 polls near.
In the run-up to the November 2020 polls Google has been the target of ads that spread disinformation. It is now taking action, pulling down such ads.