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FBI task force to expose Russian social media manipulation


  • Tech News
  • Thursday, 11 Jan 2018

FBI Washington Field office building in Washington, US. The FBI’s new approach contrasts with how the bureau handled Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. — Reuters

FBI Washington Field office building in Washington, US. The FBI’s new approach contrasts with how the bureau handled Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. — Reuters

The FBI plans to alert US companies and the public about efforts by Russia or other nations to use disinformation and social media manipulation to interfere in upcoming elections, while being careful not to upset free speech and constitutional rights, a top law enforcement official said. 

The direction that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “foreign influence” task force is heading could dramatically reshape the relationship between government and social media companies in order to address vulnerabilities that enabled Russia to meddle in the 2016 election. 

   

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