Facebook Combats Election Interference by Partnering with Digital Forensic Lab

Facebook announced a partnership with Washington-based Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab on May 24, 2018, to monitor disinformation and other vulnerabilities in elections worldwide.

Facebook, social networking major is doubling the number of work force working on safety and security and using technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) to more effectively block fake accounts during elections. As a part of collaboration, experts from the research lab will work closely with Facebook’s security, policy and product teams to get real-time insights and updates on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, explains that it is important to make sure no one interferes in any more elections, including in India. “This will help increase the number of ‘eyes and ears’ we have working to spot potential abuse on our service – enabling us to more effectively identify gaps in our systems, pre-empt obstacles, and ensure that Facebook plays a positive role during elections all around the world,” Katie Harbath, Global Politics and Government Outreach Director at Facebook, mentioned in a blog post.

Furthermore, Facebook will use the Atlantic Council’s Digital Research Unit Monitoring Missions during elections and other sensitive moments. The Atlantic Council and Facebook’s partnership will promote and supplement @DFRLab’s existing #ElectionWatch efforts and allow for greater capacity building with journalists and civil society to incorporate similar methods into their own work.

In April 2018, Facebook announced an independent commission to help fund and organize research into the impact of social media on society – starting with elections. “Our goals are to understand Facebook’s impact on upcoming elections-like Brazil, India, Mexico and the US midterms-and to inform our future product and policy decisions,” he said while testifying before the US Congress in April. “The most important thing I care about right now is making sure no one interferes in the various 2018 elections around the world,” he told a panel of 44 Senators.

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