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A Facebook Inc tool that US state election officials are using to find and report voting misinformation doesn’t effectively monitor most posts on the social media service, including those in private groups or from most individual users, according to a watchdog group’s report.
Facebook Inc’s final policy changes in the lead-up to US elections in November are unlikely to stem a flood of disinformation around the vote, which could suppress turnout and sow confusion about results, election experts said on Friday.
State and local officials are receiving additional tools from the US federal government to help defend the nation’s election systems from cyberthreats ahead of the November vote.
As the clock ticks toward the US presidential election in November, state election officials are devoting more time - and money - to educating voters about the dangers of disinformation while reassuring them that the system is fundamentally sound.
Facebook is launching a widespread effort to boost US voter turnout and provide authoritative information about voting – just as it doubles down on its policy allowing politicians like US president Donald Trump to post false information on the same subject.
West Virginia reported unusual cyber activity targeting its election systems. The Texas governor said the state was encountering attempted "attacks" at the rate of "10,000 times a minute" from Iran. Information technology staff in Las Vegas responded to an intrusion, though the city says no data was stolen.
A US federal investigation didn’t turn up any evidence that cyber attacks were responsible for computer errors that disrupted voting in a North Carolina county in 2016.
If the FBI discovers that foreign hackers have infiltrated the networks of your county election office, you may not find out about it until after voting is over. And your governor and other state officials may be kept in the dark, too.
Facebook Inc had one major victory in the US midterm elections: securing help from the government to keep foreign influence campaigns at bay.
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