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Facebook ramps up DC outreach ahead of midterms

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seated, looking away, photographed through a window
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a visit to Washington earlier this year. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

As the midterms approach, Facebook has stepped up its efforts to assure a wary Washington, D.C. that it can protect elections.

Why it matters: Outreach that Facebook detailed to Axios is part of a broader push by the company to convince policymakers, the media and the public that it won’t allow a recurrence of the kind of election meddling that occurred in 2016 and is still under investigation today.

Rumor of an election hack could be as damaging as the real thing

Illustration of ballot folding and unfolding
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

A hostile actor could cause just as much chaos after the midterm elections by making it look like someone had meddled with votes as by actually doing so, security experts say.

Why it matters: Actually hacking votes takes a lot of work. Making it look like you did is a lot easier — and potentially just as effective at upending public confidence in the results.

Facebook widens ban on false election info

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Aurelien Morissard/IP3/Getty Images

Facebook said Monday it has banned from its platform a broad variety of false statements about voting in the United States ahead of the midterm elections.

Why it matters: The social network has long held that it should not be the arbiter of truth on its platform. Yet as the midterms approach, Facebook is under extraordinary pressure, with executives trying to avoid a repeat of the misinformation campaigns that mired the 2016 election.