Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan donate $100 million more to U.S. election infrastructure

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(Reuters) – Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said on Tuesday they would donate an additional $ 100 million to support election officials and fund infrastructure for the November U.S. election.

“We got a much bigger response than we expected from election officials who need funding for election infrastructure. Tech and Civic Life to ensure that every jurisdiction that needs funding to help people vote safely can get it, ”Zuckerberg said in a statement. Facebook Publish.

“So far, more than 2,100 local electoral jurisdictions have submitted requests for support to the CTCL.”

CTCL is a Chicago-based non-profit organization which according to its site Web, “works to foster a more informed and engaged democracy, and helps modernize US elections.”

The couple had previously donated $ 300 million to help the US electoral process meet challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, by funding voting equipment and protective equipment for election officials

In the post, Zuckerberg also hit back at lawsuits to block the use of the funds: “Since our initial donation, several lawsuits have been filed in an attempt to block the use of these funds, based on allegations that organizations receiving donations have a partisan agenda. This is wrong, ”he said.

Zuckerberg and Chan’s electoral infrastructure donations are Facebook faces both Washington’s regulatory scrutiny and pressure from lawmakers to protect against disinformation and other election-related abuse on its platform.

Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford; Edited by Steve Orlofsky

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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