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Facebook tries to defend political candidates of hacking threats

A statue is seen in front of the Facebook logo in this picture, March 20, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic

Facebook is the last battle against the election interference is designed to protect US political campaigns and their candidates of the suffering of an account takeover.

On Monday, the company unveiled the new pilot program to help stop the hacking of the threats to legitimate accounts, as opposed to merely the repression of false accounts of the spread of misinformation. “As we have seen in the past elections, the candidates and elected officials, as well as their staff, can be attacked by hackers and foreign adversaries on different platforms, such as Facebook,” the company said in the blog post.

The tech giant did not elaborate on the hacking of the threat, but the mid-term elections are only about 50 days away. A lot of AMERICAN political candidates use Facebook pages to promote themselves and reach out to potential voters. Some of these pages, such as the U.S. Republican Senator Ted Cruz, have millions of followers, giving them a large range.

Facebook’s new security program is designed for the candidates and staff that are affiliated with their political campaigns. As soon as the person signs up, the company will begin the auditing of their accounts to potential hacking threats. “This program will help us to quickly detect and the participants quickly report, which is targeting that happens,” the company said in its blog post.

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“If we discover an attack on an official campaign, we can review and protect the other accounts that are enrolled in our program, and is connected with that of the same campaign,” Facebook added. “If we detect abuse, we will continue to share relevant information with the police and other companies so we can maximize our effectiveness.”

The company is planning on taking what he learns from the pilot program to help protect the future elections, and perhaps the accounts of the special users, such as officials of the government.

The pilot program is currently open to people associated with the federal or provincial political campaigns. The servants of the political party committees may also register. Facebook is a page where eligible users can sign up here.

Once registered, Facebook will also help the user set up two-factor authentication on their account, a feature that is actually open to everyone. It usually works by requiring the user of the password and a special code that is generated by your smartphone to log in to the Facebook account. This extra security step can prevent hackers from breaking in in the event that they make the right guess or steal your password. You can click the two-factor function in Facebook by going to account settings, and then click on the “Security and Login” section.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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