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The latest efforts to disrupt the US midterm elections through Facebook manipulation seem to be following a persuasion playbook refined by legitimate companies and organisations – but with a twist.
Brazil’s combination of political polarisation and passion for social media offers fertile ground for fake news in the run-up to this year’s elections, leading fact checkers have warned.
European Union leaders will sound the alarm this week over the threat of EU elections in May being undermined by a coordinated campaign of fake news and disinformation by foreign powers.
The chief executive officers of Alphabet Inc’s Google and YouTube pledged to scour videos and other content more closely for misleading news and inappropriate messages on their web services ahead of elections in the US later this year.
Facebook Inc’s head of global affairs said the social-media company is willing to explore ways to exempt some European parties and EU elections from its rules about online political advertising, the Financial Times reported.
With the European Union heading into a series of critical elections, French leader Emmanuel Macron sounded the alarm about foreign interference and called for the formation of an EU-wide body to protect voting from “cyberattacks and manipulations”.
Hackers are joining forces with US governors and academics in a new group aimed at preventing the manipulation of voter machines and computer systems to sway the outcome of future US elections.
Facebook said it will beef up its rules and safeguards around political adverts to prevent foreign interference in elections, including those in Europe this year.
Facebook will do a better job of preventing bad actors from abusing its platform to manipulate this year's US presidential election than it did four years ago, public affairs chief Nick Clegg said on Jan 20.
US state election officials said they haven’t received as much federal funding as they need to secure their election systems even after US intelligence officials concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 election and the federal government called on states to step up efforts to prevent hacking.