Facebook, Google, Twitter and others work on election security ahead of RNC and DNC

Fb, Google, Twitter, Reddit, Microsoft, Verizon, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Wikimedia Basis met with the US authorities.

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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

Tech giants within the US are persevering with to satisfy recurrently to work collectively on defending their platforms forward of the 2020 presidential election. In a joint assertion launched Wednesday, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Reddit, Microsoft, Verizon, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Wikimedia Basis mentioned they’re countering info operations on their platforms within the lead as much as the 2020 Democratic Nationwide Conference (DNC) and the Republican Nationwide Conference (RNC).

They met at present with US government companies working to guard the election’s integrity, together with from the spread of disinformation and the threat of potential foreign interference in the election, just like the Russian interference discovered after the 2016 election.

“We mentioned preparations for the upcoming conventions and situation planning associated to election outcomes,” the tech giants mentioned in a joint assertion. “We’ll proceed to remain vigilant on these points and meet recurrently forward of the November election.”

The DNC will happen subsequent week, from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20, whereas the RNC is scheduled for the week after, between Aug. 24 and 27. 

Tech corporations and social media platforms have been working to curb the unfold of misinformation in the course of the lead as much as the 2020 election, together with by putting voting information labels on posts by Trump and Biden, flagging misleading posts by the candidates, tracking and exposing disinformation, publicly tracking political ads, labelling government and state-affiliated media accounts, unearthing deepfakes and curbing news pages that have political affiliations. Some are additionally giving their own employees paid time off to vote on Nov. 3.

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Corinne Reichert