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.
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.”