Facebook Working On Forming Elections Commission

The New York Times reports:

Facebook has approached academics and policy experts about forming a commission to advise it on global election-related matters, said five people with knowledge of the discussions, a move that would allow the social network to shift some of its political decision-making to an advisory body. The proposed commission could decide on matters such as the viability of political ads and what to do about election-related misinformation.

Facebook is expected to announce the commission this fall in preparation for the 2022 midterm elections. Outsourcing election matters to a panel of experts could help Facebook sidestep criticism of bias by political groups. The company has been blasted in recent years by conservatives, who have accused Facebook of suppressing their voices, as well as by civil rights groups and Democrats for allowing political misinformation to fester and spread online.

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