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Social media, tech firms use sites to urge U.S. citizens to vote

November 02, 2018 / Joseph Menn

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Criticized by lawmakers and others for being unable or unwilling to stop false and inflammatory information about divisive political issues, social media, and tech companies say they are doing more to boost voter turnout for next Tuesday’s U.S. congressional elections. Snap Inc, Facebook Inc and other firms will remind users to vote and link to a nonprofit guide for identifying the correct polling place, ballot items and hours. The involvement of sites that appeal to younger users is encouraging to some democracy advocates, who worry about lower electoral participation by younger voters.