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13 Aug 2020

Mike Isaac & Kate Conger, The New York Times

Facebook, Google & other tech companies work with govt. agencies to prevent disinformation & interference in US 2020 presidential election

"Google, Facebook and others broaden group to secure U.S. election," 12 Aug 2020

The group, which is seeking to prevent the kind of online meddling and foreign interference that sullied the 2016 presidential election, previously consisted of some of the large social media firms, including Twitter and Microsoft in addition to Facebook and Google... Discussions between the tech companies and government agencies have occurred periodically over the past four years... The effort has broadened as the November election approaches... In addition to the Wikimedia Foundation, the group has expanded to involve LinkedIn, Pinterest, Reddit and Verizon Media.

... Several social media companies have reported an increase in disinformation efforts as the election approaches. Last month, Twitter removed thousands of accounts that promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory... While the group will discuss active threats, it is still the responsibility of each company to mitigate election interference on its platform.