Facebook Is Expanding Availability of Its Security Tools for the Upcoming U.S. Midterm Elections

Candidates for federal and statewide offices and their staff members will be covered

Facebook will aid officials in adopting security protections such as two-factor authentication asiseeit/iStock

Facebook is taking steps to better protect candidates for federal and statewide offices, along with their staff members and representatives from federal and state political party committees.

Head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a Newsroom post that the social network kicked off a pilot program to help prevent targeting by hackers and foreign adversaries.

Page administrators can apply here to participate in the pilot. Once they are accepted, they can add other users who are part of their campaigns or committees.

Gleicher said Facebook will aid officials in adopting security protections such as two-factor authentication, and it will monitor their accounts for potential hacking threats.

He added, “We are working to bolster our defenses so that participants in this pilot will hopefully not need these expanded protections. In the event that they do, however, this program will help us quickly detect, and participants quickly report, any targeting that does happen. If we discover an attack against one campaign official, we can review and protect other accounts that are enrolled in our program and affiliated with that same campaign. As we detect abuse, we will continue to share relevant information with law enforcement and other companies so we can maximize our effectiveness. And we are continually assessing how this pilot and our other security programs might be expanded to future elections and other users, such as government officials.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.