Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said they would donate an additional $100 million to fund the infrastructure for elections in the United States and elections in November.
“We’ve gotten a far greater response than expected from election officials who need funding for their voting infrastructure. So today we’re putting an extra $100 million into our technology and civic life centers to make sure we have all the jurisdictions that need funding for help. People can safely vote. “, Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.
“To date, more than 2,100 local election jurisdictions have submitted applications to the CTCL for application,” he wrote. CTCL is a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization that, according to its website, “helps foster more informed democracy and modernize US elections.”
The two previously donated $300 million to help address issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic during the US election process.
In this post, Zuckerberg also hit back in a lawsuit trying to block the use of funds. “Since making the first donation, several lawsuits have been filed to block the use of these funds, as claimed by the organization receiving the donation. Has a partisan agenda That’s false,” he said.
Thomas More Society, a conservative legal group representing clients and funding lawsuits filed in several states, in a statement on Tuesday doubled allegations that the CTCL was trying to produce Democrats, making Zuckerberg’s announcement “Billionaire’s Private Site” Don’t allow funds to dictate how the state manages elections. “
Zuckerberg and Chan’s donation to election infrastructure comes as Facebook faces pressure from lawmakers to protect against Washington’s regulatory scrutiny and misinformation about the platform and other election-related abuses.