WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today urged Facebook to take further steps to educate its millions of American users about how to vote and how to register to vote, and to combat the spread of voting disinformation on its platform, in the wake of COVID-19-related challenges that are putting a strain on the normal elections process.
In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Booker wrote:“Facebook is…critically positioned to help inform Americans about voting and registering to vote this year—especially as state election officials adopt new policies in response to the pandemic, and as voters determine how best to cast their ballots safely.”
The letter comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has made it imperative for states to provide alternative methods for Americans to be able to register and vote safely, such as early in-person voting and voting by mail. Congress recently allocated $400 million to help states implement election safety and accessibility measures—though, as Senator Booker has made clear, far more election assistance will be needed this year. Educating voters about new options should be an essential component of any COVID-19 election response.
“Accurate information…will need to be distributed quickly and broadly, and disinformation campaigns will need to be stopped,” Booker continued. “As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to undermine the foundations of our democratic process, Facebook is capable of doing much more to help Americans exercise their right to vote.”
Booker asked Facebook to respond by May 20 to a series of questions about the measures it was taking to keep its users informed about voting and how it planned to fight voting disinformation on its platform.
Full text of the letter is here.