February 5, 2023

Polls: Facebook releases steps to protect, ensure integrity of Nigeria’s elections


By Juliet Umeh

Ahead of the general elections, the parent body of Facebook, Meta has released further steps it is taking to protect and ensure the integrity of Nigeria’s elections.

Speaking on some of the steps, it explained that its support for Yiaga Africa, a non-partisan voter education, through a donation to develop a voter education chatbot on WhatsApp is one of them.

Meta said: “The chatbot will help provide Nigerian voters with secure information on voting rules, what to expect on voting day, and the tools they need to exercise their vote. “Anyone can access the chatbot by messaging it on WhatsApp.

“On election day, Meta will remind people in the country that it’s time to vote with a notification on top of their Facebook Feed, and also have an “I Voted” sticker on Instagram.

“Meta is providing training for grassroots civil society organisations that are working to prevent and counter violent extremism in Nigeria.”

According to Meta, this was organised in partnership with Search for Common Ground, and conducted a roundtable with experts, academics and think tanks that are working on counterterrorism efforts in the country.