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Facebook assigned 40 teams to monitor Taiwan elections


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Facebook has vowed to increase its monitoring of any attempt to use its platform to intervene in the Taiwan election when the island authorities say they are facing increasing intervention from China.

Taiwan will elect a new president and Parliament on January 11 and its relations with the mainland dominate the election campaign.

Beijing has increased its isolation on Taiwan since President Tsai Ing-wen took office three years ago as his party refused to recognize that the country was part of “one China”.

Taiwan will elect new president and Parliament on January 11

Ing-wen is looking forward to a second term against Han Kuo-yu, a challenger who wants a more friendly relationship with China.

The leader and his party accused China of trying to influence the election by spreading false information through social media.

Facebook said it would establish a regional electoral center in Singapore in the last week before the Taiwan election, following similar actions in the United States, India, Indonesia and the European Union (EU).

“Protecting elections is a top priority for us, every election carries a different risk” – Katie Harbath, global election chief, Facebook 

“Protecting elections is a top priority for us. We are now focusing on the upcoming elections in Taiwan as well as other countries including Sri Lanka and Singapore”.

“Every election carries a different risk”, Facebook public policy director and global election chief Katie Harbath told media during a video conference in Taipei.

She added that the company began operations a year before the election to evaluate its involvement.

Facebook said it currently has 40 teams focusing on elections, to increase transparency, reduce false information and harmful content as well as release inaccurate voting information or any content that violates community standards and hate messages.

The estimated population for 2019 is about 23.77 million. This makes Taiwan the 56th largest country in the world in terms of population, and the 17th most densely populated country in the world.

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