Facebook helps Lebanon control electoral spending
The Maronite Patriarch in Lebanon, Bechara Al-Rai, attacked Hezbollah against the backdrop of the campaigns against Arab countries, considering them “based on the interests of foreign countries.”
Al-Rahi’s statements came in the presence of Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who in turn criticized the “Shiite duo”, noting that he obstructed investigations in the port of Beirut and judicial formations. Al-Rahi said, “Reforms take their full extent, but they need to be accompanied by the extension of state authority over its entire territory, the unification of weapons and decision-making, in accordance with Security Council resolutions, and the adoption of strategic options that strengthen Lebanon’s relations with its Arab surroundings and the democratic world.”
Meanwhile, Facebook has recently put in place a mechanism that enables the Election Supervisory Authority in Lebanon to monitor electoral spending, by adding tools that allow to know this spending on electoral ads, for the first time in the history of the Lebanese parliamentary elections.
Lebanese campaigns began to urge websites to add transparency related to the candidates’ advertising spending, months before the elections, to avoid what happened in the previous elections in terms of accusations leveled against candidates for evading spending declarations.
This procedure is viewed as an advanced step despite the demands that the related procedures be broader, according to what the director of the monitoring unit at Maharat, lawyer Tony Mikhael, says, but he does not consider this procedure sufficient. He pointed out that the advanced search features for campaigns to identify the amount of spending, did not add them in one way, a point that “was requested by us during the past days for Facebook to add transparency.”