王中王精选一肖一码

SPONSORED:

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan donate further $100 million for safe voting efforts

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan donate further $100 million for safe voting efforts
© getty: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergConservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform Hillicon Valley: Trump refuses to condemn QAnon | Twitter revises its policy, lets users share disputed article | Google sees foreign cyber threats Chairman: Senate Judiciary to vote on subpoena for Mark Zuckerberg MORE and his wife, Priscilla Chan, on Tuesday announced they would donate $100 million to shore up election security efforts, a month after the couple donated $300 million for the same issue. 

Zuckerberg announced the donation in a Tuesday, noting that the funds will go to the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), which received $250 million as part of the previous donation by Zuckerberg and Chan. Another $50 million from the previous donation went to the Center for Election Innovation and Research to help secretaries of state across the nation boost election security efforts. 

The two donations together total $400 million, the same amount appropriated by Congress this year for state and local election officials to address challenges to elections posed by COVID-19. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Zuckerberg wrote that the CTCL had received applications from around 2,100 jurisdictions for the funds, which are meant to assist in recruiting and training poll workers along with ensuring polling sites have the voting equipment needed. 

“Voting is the foundation of democracy,” Zuckerberg wrote. “It's how we express our voice and make sure our country is heading in the direction we want. Priscilla and I remain determined to ensure that every state and local election jurisdiction has the resources they need so Americans can vote.”

According to Zuckerberg, most of the applications for the previous funds were from voting jurisdictions with less than 25,000 registered voters, but Zuckerberg emphasized that “all qualified jurisdictions that apply for the funds will be approved. 

Both donations from Zuckerberg and Chan were made in the midst of ongoing debate over elections-related appropriations on Capitol Hill.

The CARES Act coronavirus stimulus package, signed into law by President TrumpDonald John TrumpLatest Mnuchin-Pelosi call produces 'encouraging news on testing' for stimulus package China warns it will detain American nationals following DOJ prosecution of Chinese scholars: report Musician John Fogerty issues cease and desist over Trump use of 'Fortunate Son' MORE in March, appropriated $400 million to states to address election challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This amount was on top of over $800 million appropriated by Congress since 2018 to address election security concerns. 

ADVERTISEMENT

State and local officials have repeatedly requested that Congress appropriate more funds, with experts estimating states need a total of $4 billion to adequately address new challenges to elections from COVID-19, such as poll worker shortages and an increase in mail-in ballots. 

The House-passed HEROES Act stimulus package included $3.6 billion for election efforts, but versions of a second stimulus bill from Senate Republicans have left out election funds

Zuckerberg emphasized that he agreed “with those who say that government should have provided these funds, not private citizens.”

“I hope that for future elections the government provides adequate funding,” he added. “But absent that funding, I think it's critical that this urgent need is met.”

Zuckerberg and Facebook have been heavily criticized in the years since 2016, when the Internet Research Agency, a Russian government-sponsored troll farm, used the platform as part of a disinformation campaign designed to sway the election in favor of President Trump. Facebook later estimated that up to 150 million U.S. users were exposed to the disinformation ahead of the 2016 general election. 

The company has also faced criticism that it is not tough enough in addressing misinformation in posts from world leaders, including those from President Trump. 

Facebook has taken action to address ongoing misinformation and disinformation from both foreign and domestic sources, including announcing a policy in June to label but leave up “newsworthy” posts, including those from politicians. 

Facebook has also expanded labels on posts around voting, created an election center on Facebook to serve as a central hub for voting information, and vowed to remove any posts that show evidence of coordinated election interference through voter intimidation or spreading false information around polling sites.

“Voting is voice, and we believe every American should have the chance to make their voice heard in this election,” Zuckerberg wrote.

<", c, ' onload="var d=', n, ";d.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].", d, "(d.", g, "('script')).", i, "='", a.l, "'\">"].join("") } var c = "body", e = h[c]; if (!e) return setTimeout(q, 100); a.P(1); var d = "appendChild", g = "createElement", i = "src", k = h[g]("div"), l = k[d](h[g]("div")), f = h[g]("iframe"), n = "document", p; k.style.display = "none"; e.insertBefore(k, e.firstChild).id = o + "-" + j; f.frameBorder = "0"; f.id = o + "-frame-" + j; /MSIE[ ]+6/.test(navigator.userAgent) && (f[i] = "javascript:false"); f.allowTransparency = "true"; l[d](f); try { f.contentWindow[n].open() } catch (s) { a.domain = h.domain, p = "javascript:var d=" + n + ".open();d.domain='" + h.domain + "';", f[i] = p + "void(0);" } try { var r = f.contentWindow[n]; r.write(b()); r.close() } catch (t) { f[i] = p + 'd.write("' + b().replace(/"/g, String.fromCharCode(92) + '"') + '");d.close();' } a.P(2) }; a.l && q() })() }(); c[b].lv = "1"; return c[b] } var o = "lightboxjs", k = window[o] = g(o); k.require = g; k.modules = c }({}); /*]]>*/