Civic Figure Safety and Security

Ensuring that the accounts of politicians and political parties are secure and that candidates and politicians are safe from abuse on our platforms is an important part of the work we do to safeguard elections. In Canada, we have several programs to keep civic figures safe:

Ensuring that the accounts of politicians and political parties are secure and that candidates and politicians are safe from abuse on our platforms is an important part of the work we do to safeguard elections. In Canada, we have several programs to keep civic figures safe:

  • Facebook Protect: We know that certain people such as candidates, elected officials or staff can be targeted by bad actors on social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. Accounts that face additional threats during an election cycle may need additional protection, so we are introducing a program called Facebook Protect, which offers candidates, elected officials, federal departments and agencies, and political parties, as well as their staff, a way to further secure their Facebook and Instagram accounts. By enrolling, we’ll help these accounts adopt stronger account security protections, like two-factor authentication, and monitor for potential hacking threats.
  • Resources for Candidates Running for Office in Canada: Facebook recently launched a dedicated hub for candidates running for office in Canada where they will find resources, tools, training and additional information about Facebook’s election integrity efforts. This hub is available publicly, for anyone to access, but designed and equipped with resources specifically for candidates running for office at any level of government. Visit the dedicated Canadian resource hub here.
  • Virtual Candidate Training: We will host virtual candidate training sessions for all political parties and candidates to help them reach and engage their community, voters and supporters across the Facebook family of apps with Facebook apps and technologies. This is a continuation of our Civic Boost tour (https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/media-advisory-facebook-canada-launches-civic-boost-tour-859129902.html) from 2019, when we visited 6 Canadian cities to connect with local communities about election integrity and civic engagement.
  • Candidate and Page Admins Account Security Notification: We will send in-app notifications to remind candidates and their Page admins how to keep their accounts secure during an election campaign, reminding them to set up two-factor authentication.
  • Candidate Cyber Hygiene: In 2017, we launched several measures to address cybersecurity for political parties, politicians and candidates that continue to be offered and will be available for the next election:
    • Our Cyber Hygiene Guide for Canadian political parties and politicians, to support cybersecurity.
    • An emergency Facebook cyber hotline for political parties to help address any cyber challenges in real-time, including suspected hacks.
    • A Facebook cyber hygiene training program open to all Canadian federal political parties.

Women Candidate Safety - Partnership with Equal Voice

In April 2019, Facebook Canada launched #HerVoice, a safety guide for women leaders ahead of the 2019 federal election, developed by Facebook in collaboration with Equal Voice. The safety guide aims to equip women leaders with the tools they need to use Facebook and Instagram effectively and safely during campaigns and while in office - and has been updated with the latest tools and tips. In anticipation of the next federal election, we are proud to continue our partnership with Equal Voice to create a candidate safety training video.

Here, you can download our guides, developed in partnership with Equal Voice, to help political candidates and their teams stay safe while they connect with new audiences. The guides also includes basic tips to grow their audience and connect with the people that matter to them on Facebook.