According to the Election Commission of India, more than 814 million people have been eligible to head to the polls to vote throughout the 2019 Indian General Election. In preparation, Facebook’s News Partnerships team has been actively working with journalists, newsrooms, and their communities to support them through a multitude of trainings and programs.
- Storyful Training
As part of our commitment to support regional language media across India, Facebook partnered with training specialists Storyful to deliver seminars on user-generated content and social media newsgathering to three of the biggest news organizations in southern India: Eenadu in Hyderabad, Dina Thanthi in Chennai, and Malayala Manorama in Kottayam. Nearly 100 journalists, digital editors, and executives from across their newsrooms took part. “The training content was very helpful in our day-to-day work,” said B Adityan, a training participant and director at Daily Thanthi. “We’ve been able to use the simple techniques to better verify content we spot on social media.”
- News Literacy Program
Facebook partnered with two of India’s biggest news organizations, India Today Group and Dainik Jagran, to engage with their audiences directly in nearly 60 towns and cities across 13 states by holding events to share tips and awareness messages with more than 200,000 people on how to spot false news and misinformation. This program is part of Facebook’s ongoing commitment to invest in organizations and programs that strengthen an informed community.
- India Elections Forum
In the weeks leading up to the start of the election, Facebook convened a group of Indian publishing executives to discuss the elections landscape with special attention on how Facebook is continuing efforts to fight misinformation on platform. Participants learned Facebook’s approach to remove fake accounts and reduce the distribution of false news. Following the executive meeting, more than 120 journalists and newsroom operators representing more than 40 publishers joined the conversation for a training on using Facebook, Instagram, and CrowdTangle for audience development and newsgathering. After the trainings, one-on-one solutions help desks were available for attendees to ask questions or deep-dive into specific challenges. This was one of Facebook’s largest in-person training events for people who work in news in India to date.
Protecting the integrity of elections in preparation for the Indian Elections while making sure people can have a voice is a top priority for Facebook. Our tactics on platform include blocking and removing fake accounts, finding and removing bad actors, limiting the spread of false news and misinformation, and bringing transparency to political advertising. Our approach to this problem — like the problem itself — is multifaceted and continues to evolve.
Elections Guide — A summary of Facebook tools to help publishers with audience development and newsgathering before, during, and after elections.
Safety Tips for Journalists — From protecting your passwords to turning on two-factor authentication, download guides, and view tips for journalists to stay safe on the Facebook platform and off.
Facebook Courses for Journalists — The Facebook for Journalists Certificate is a free curriculum in partnership with the Poynter Institute to make it easier for journalists to utilize Facebook and Instagram in their daily work.
CrowdTangle During Elections — CrowdTangle’s core products can be used to monitor what’s happening on social media during elections for newsgathering. This guide offers topline tips to get started.
Facebook Journalism Project Newsletter — Sign up to stay in-the-know on the latest programs and resources available to the news industry.