Facebook denies conducting physical verification of an Indian user for a post

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NEW DELHI: Facebook, which has been overdriven to ensure transparency on its platform in the general elections, on which it has written to post containing political content on its account. As per a report published by news wire agency IANS quoting an anonymous user from New Delhi, representatives from Facebook visited the user 's residence asking for a card and other documents to understand if he was on the political content on his account.

Reacting to the report to Facebook spokesperson said in a statement, "Facebook does not conduct any physical verification in India, except for advertiser plans to run ads on national importance in India."

The social media platform states that it requires off-site checks, only for those who want to run ads related to politics of national importance in India. It requires them to go through an ad authorization process.

To authorize the procurement, the advertiser has the opportunity to complete the confirmation.

Earlier, Facebook said that it has more than tripled the team working on safety and security to 30,000 people ahead of general elections which are scheduled to be held from 11 April to 19 May.

Recently, it took down over 700 pages linked to individuals that it said were associated with the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party for spamming other users.

It has launched a new feature called 'Candidate Connect' which will let contesting candidates upload 20-second videos in which they can introduce themselves and highlight how they address outstanding constituencies . Their past achievements.

The social media platform has recently expanded its fact-checking team, which in fact, includes Italian, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam, and Marathi. It also said it will carry disclaimers with all political ads that appear on its platform.

With over 240 million user base, Facebook has a significant presence in India. The platform, which also owns WhatsApp, has been under scrutiny on fake news, misinformation and transparency.

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