Facebook, Latvian government representatives to discuss cooperation ahead of general elections

Representatives of Facebook social media site and the Latvian government will meet in Riga this week to discuss cooperation towards ensuring transparency of the upcoming Latvian general elections, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis told the press after the meeting with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers).

“The Latvian authorities already are cooperating with this social networking site, and a meeting of a Facebook representative with the Latvian government officials is planned in Latvia this week to discuss specific cooperation measures,” Vejonis said.

He said that during his visit to the United States last week he had met with Facebook and Google representatives to discuss strengthening Internet security, personal data protection and cooperation in the run-up to the Latvian general elections to prevent dissemination of fake news.

The question about the ways to control political advertising on Facebook was also discussed. The Latvian president said that Facebook representatives had been open to cooperation and it was agreed that Facebook and the Latvian government would each appoint a liaison official for better communication. The Latvian liaison will be picked by Friday, most probably from among the staff of the State Chancellery.

As reported, Facebook representatives during the meeting with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis in the Silicon Valley on April 5 confirmed their willingness to cooperate with Latvia to prevent dissemination of fake news, to ensure protection of personal data and transparency of the election process in Latvia.


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