Facebook, on Friday, introduced a “cyber threat crisis” email hotline for politicians and political parties in India. A top company official told TOI that the company is also working on an “election integrity” microsite for the country. With the new hotline, the compromised account and even the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), can write to “firstname.lastname@example.org”. A cybersecurity guide with basic security do’s and don’ts has also been released by the company. Facebook announced the efforts a day after submitting its responses to the Indian government over the Cambridge Analytica debacle.
The guide strives to provide best practices for Indian politicians and political parties on how to keep their Facebook pages and accounts secured. These are a part of Facebook’s broader Indian Election Integrity Initiative.
The company, in October 2017, had announced a feature where political and issue-based ads would be marked as such and would carry a disclosure on sponsorship. The feature is expected to roll out before the 2019 general elections.