Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg along with his wife, Priscilla Chan, have stated that they will donate an extra $100 million to support election officials and finance infrastructure for the US election on November the 3rd.
“We’ve gotten a far greater response than we expected from election officials needing funding for voting infrastructure, so today we’re committing an additional $100 million to the Center for Tech and Civic Life to make sure that every jurisdiction that needs funding to help people vote safely can get it,” Mr Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.
“So far, more than 2,100 local election jurisdictions have submitted applications to CTCL for support,” he wrote.
CTCL is a Chicago-based non-profit that, according to its web site, is “working to foster a more informed and engaged democracy, and helping to modernize US elections.”
The group previously donated $300 million to assist the US election procedure cope with challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, for Instance, by funding voting equipment and protective equipment for poll workers
From the article, Zuckerberg also struck back at suits trying to block the use of the funds, “Since our initial donation, there have been multiple lawsuits filed in an attempt to block these funds from being used, based on claims that the organizations receiving donations have a partisan agenda. That’s false,” he explained.
The Thomas More Society, a conservative legal group that is representing clients and funding lawsuits filed in multiple nations, in an announcement on Tuesday doubled down to its allegation that the CTCL seeks to turn out Democrats, saying Zuckerberg’s statement was “further proof that private funds from billionaires must not be allowed to dictate how states manage elections.”
Zuckerberg and Chan’s election infrastructure contributions come as Facebook faces both regulatory scrutiny from Washington and pressure from lawmakers to protect against misinformation and other election-related abuses on its own platform.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford. Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Aurora Ellis.
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