Tech Giants and U.S. intelligence agencies meet to talk about the 2020 U.S. election (Part 1)
Social media companies are under pressure after the US intelligence agencies report about Donald Trump Election in 2016. For them, an extensive Russian cyber influence operation targeted US election by helping Trump to get elected. Russia always denied this statement.
That is why at Facebook’s headquarters in California held a meeting including the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence and security representatives from Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter
The aim was to discuss about how they could improve and secure the 2020 US election. For example, by detecting potential threats such as digital attacks,they could protect the companies’ platforms against disinformation campaigns. In fact, Facebook found in the run-up to the 2016 election that Russia’s Internet research Agency used and purchased Facebook advertising to reach 12 million Americans. Anti-police messages, anti-Hillary memes were used to target American voters on social media.
Another huge problem must be solved by these TechGiants : The DeepFake. A deepfake can be defined as a use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to show politicians or people saying things they didn’t say. A deepfake is very realistic and social media users could be manipulated easily.
To solve this problem, Facebook said they are trying in collaboration with Microsoft and partnership on AI (Google, Apple, Amazon, Intel) to create their own deepfake videos to make a data set. By using this data set, the aim is to create an algorithm able to detect deepfake videos on social media
Moreover, Google have invested in systems to detect hacking attempt and phising.