Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $300 million to support U.S. voting and election infrastructure ahead of November’s election,media reported. “Election officials across the country are working hard to make sure that everyone can vote and that every vote is counted — and we want to help make sure they have the resources they need,” the Facebook CEO wrote in a post Tuesday local time.
Zuckerberg said the couple will donate $250 million to the Center for Technology and Civic Life to “provide local counties with the people, training and equipment they need.” The remaining $50 million will go to Center for Election Innovation and Research, a nonprofit organization that helps state and local election officials keep elections safe and informed voters.
“We all rely on election officials to provide the public with safe and reliable voting choices,” CTCL Executive Director Tiana Epps-Johnson said in a press release. Unfortunately, the electoral sector faces unprecedented challenges in 2020 as a result of the new crown virus. The expansion of our COVID-19 Response Grant program provides our election officials and voting staff with the critical resources they need to serve every voter for security. “
Axios had earlier reported on Chan and Zuckerberg’s $300 million pledge, but that was separate from Facebook’s efforts to register voters and crack down on election misinfogation.
Fake information on social networks has been a top concern since Russian hackers used Facebook and other websites to post content during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Facebook has also been criticized for not sending politicians’ posts to fact-checkers, and it is resisting allegations that it censors conservative speech.