NEW DELHIinfo-icon: Indian advertisers wanting to run political ads on Facebookinfo-icon will have to confirm their identity and location to help prevent abuseinfo-icon of the system in the build-up to national electionsinfo-icon, the company said on Thursday.

Facebook Inc -- under increasing scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica scandal -- said it would start verifying ads from Thursday and, from next year, show a disclaimer on all political ads giving more information on who placed them.

Indiainfo-icon, the worldinfo-icon's largest parliamentary democracy, is due to hold national elections before May next year. Parties are increasingly turning to social mediainfo-icon to get their messages out to the country's millions of voters.

"By authorizing advertisers and bringing more transparency to ads, we can better defend against foreign interference in India's elections," Facebook said on its website.

Last month, the company announced a similar process for advertisers seeking to run political ads in the United Kingdominfo-icon.

Facebook is being investigated by lawmakers in Britaininfo-icon after consultancy Cambridge Analytica which worked on Donald Trumpinfo-icon's USinfo-icon presidential campaign, obtained personal data of 87 million Facebook users from a researcher.

Concerns over the social media giant's practices, the role of political adverts and possible foreign interference in the 2016 Brexit vote and US elections are among the topics being investigated by British and European regulators.

India's information technologyinfo-icon minister warned in March against any abuse of social media in elections.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party are prolific users of social media websites, including Facebook.