Facebook announces new measures to preserve the integrity of the presidential election.

The platform will ask candidates for the French presidential election to join its new program for securing sensitive accounts, Facebook Protect, Meta (new name of the American group Facebook) announced in a press release on Friday.

All the presidential candidates, and all the administrators of their pages or profiles will have to adhere to this new program, according to the explanations given by the group.

Two-factor authentication and more accurate tracking of account activity

In particular, this requires the use of two-factor authentication (username / password and code sent by SMS, for example) to access their account.

It also provides for more detailed monitoring by Facebook of account activities, in order to be able to "detect suspicious activity more quickly".

The group has also published a guide to safety tips on Facebook and Instagram for women in politics, in partnership with the “Local Elected” network.

“Facebook Protect” deployed in around fifty countries by the end of 2021

Facebook Protect, launched in the United States ahead of the 2020 presidential elections, will be deployed in around fifty countries by the end of 2021, said the American giant.

Generally speaking, it concerns "the groups of people most targeted by malicious actors", which include, in addition to candidates for elections, "human rights defenders, journalists, or government officials" .

Meta did not say how many Facebook users would be affected by the Facebook Protect program, but did say it will continue to update and add new people on an ongoing basis.

He does not want to specify the criteria for selecting beneficiaries, so as not to give information to malicious actors likely to attack them.

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