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Facebook unveils partnership to improve elections oversight

Facebook Inc. teamed up with the Atlantic Council as part of the company's efforts to prevent the platform from being abused during the elections.

In a May 17 news release, Katie Harbath, global politics and government outreach director at Facebook, said the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab will work with Facebook's security, policy and product teams to get Facebook real-time insights and updates on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world.

Also, the social networking giant will use the Atlantic Council's Digital Research Unit Monitoring Missions during elections and other sensitive moments.

The news comes as the company's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear before members of the European Parliament in Brussels as early as the week of May 21.

In March, Facebook executives outlined a series of steps to deal with fake news and tackle issues such as 2016 U.S. election interference. Samidh Chakrabarti, product manager at Facebook, said the company is blocking millions of fake accounts each day and is using an investigative tool that it can deploy before the next election to look for election-related activity that is suspicious and remove it from the platform.