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.

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.

Henry Silverman, Facebook
From left to right: Niharika Pande, Facebook; Sohini Guharoy, The Quint; Rohan Tyagi, Zee Media; Prerna Kaul Mishra, India Today Group

Additional Resources

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.