Fb and different tech companies met with U.S. intelligence to debate 2020 election safety

(Reuters) — U.S. know-how corporations together with Fb, Alphabet’s Google, Microsoft and Twitter met with U.S. intelligence companies on Wednesday to debate safety methods forward of the November 2020 election.

The businesses’ safety groups met representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Workplace of the Director of Nationwide Intelligence, and the Division of Homeland Safety at Fb’s headquarters in Menlo Park.

“The aim was to construct on earlier discussions and additional strengthen strategic collaboration concerning the safety of the 2020 U.S. state, federal, and presidential elections,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Fb’s head of cybersecurity coverage, stated in a press release.

“Particularly, attendees talked about how trade and authorities might enhance how we share info and coordinate our response to higher detect and deter threats.”

Social media corporations are below stress to ramp up safety after what U.S. intelligence companies have known as an in depth Russian cyber-influence operation geared toward serving to President Donald Trump get elected in 2016. Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations.

“It is a joint effort in response to a shared risk, and we’re dedicated to doing our half,” a Twitter spokeswoman advised Reuters in a press release.

Microsoft and Google additionally confirmed their attendance on the assembly.

“At Google, we’ve invested in sturdy methods to detect phishing and hacking makes an attempt, establish international interference on our platforms, and defend campaigns from digital assaults. However know-how is barely a part of the answer,” stated Richard Salgado, Google’s director of regulation enforcement and knowledge safety.

“It’s essential that trade, regulation enforcement and others collaborate to stop any threats to the integrity of our elections.”

(Reporting by Soundarya J in Bengaluru and Elizabeth Culliford in San Francisco; Further reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Modifying by Sonya Hepinstall)

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