Election integrity workshop with Facebook – preparation for the Slovak parliamentary elections



The general elections in Slovakia are approaching, and The Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission was preparing itself, together with the colleagues from other relevant Slovak institutions, at a workshop with the representatives of the biggest social network - Facebook. In focus were the various measures that this company is implementing globally but also in the context of the upcoming elections in Slovakia. At the same time this was also important for deepening of the cooperation between the public institutions in Slovakia with this company, that is becoming increasingly crucial also in the election process most notably online political advertising in Slovakia.

The aim of this workshop was to start off a dialogue with the representatives of this company to gain as much information about the way of functioning of this company in areas relevant for the election process in Slovakia. The second aim was also to increase cooperation with this company, in the context of the approaching Slovak parliamentary elections in February 2020. Representatives of several Slovak institutions have participated at this event including the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investments and Informatization and last but not least a member of the board of the Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission, PhDr. Anikó Dušíková, CSc., and the employees of the Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission that have organised the event.

During the workshop brought to Bratislava five representatives of Facebook from around Europe resposnible for various elections related areas, including Mrs Gabriella Cseh the Public Policy Director for Central Eastern Europe. It focused on the Facebook’s elections work globally and specifically in Slovakia, including it´s political ads library and support for politics and government partners, but also looked at the community standards of Facebook that govern all of the content on this platform. These sessions triggered very interesting discussions with the participants from the Slovak institutions, including ways of possible cooperation.

This is part of a series of meetings with the most relevant global platforms in the Slovak market, with the next meeting with the representatives of Google scheduled for mid-December 2019. These meetings are organised by The Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission as a natural extension of the international cooperation activities of the Council, including the chairmanship of  the director of the Office of The Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission, Ľuboš Kukliš at The European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA).



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