Facebook will start a campaign this weekend to select from among its staff volunteers to help US polling stations during the November 3rd presidential election, according to the network’s president, Mark Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg said in a message on his Facebook page, “We notice a tremendous shortage of staff in polling stations,” which may “lead to long waiting hours in front of the centers and complicate people’s participation in the democratic process.”
Facebook will send a message through the event tape of users inviting Americans of voting age to register with local electoral officials to take care of the polling stations in November.
The network, which seeks to prove that it is a major and responsible player, not a platform for transmitting misleading news on a large scale, revealed in the middle of last month an information center on the presidential elections to provide Americans with the recommendations they need in this regard.
Facebook faces various campaigns to manipulate the voters, orchestrated by external parties or American groups, to dissuade some groups of people from casting their votes or influencing their choices.
The world’s leading social network must demonstrate that it learned lessons from the experience of 2016 when the Brexit referendum and the US presidential elections were marked by convincing voter-influencing campaigns for which Russian actors became widely recognized.
Facebook is also providing free ads to state election authorities to get help with the volunteer recruitment process.
California has begun broadcasting such ads, with other states to follow, according to Zuckerberg.
The Facebook founder and his wife donated 300 million dollars to election officials to purchase equipment or supplies to prevent the outbreak of the new Coronavirus.
“In light of the impact of Covid-19 on our societies, this election will not be like any other entitlement,” Zuckerberg said.