Facebook Building a ‘War Room’ to Battle Election Meddling and Fake News

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(ZHE— Apparently Fb thinks it’s the US navy, or a NATO command heart, or maybe its millennial workers need to relive the 1980’s cult basic “WarGames” film.

Fb introduced Wednesday that it plans to arrange a “conflict room” at its Silicon Valley campus to forestall potential international election meddling in the course of the midterms.

“We’re establishing a conflict room in Menlo Park for the Brazil and US elections,” Fb elections and civic engagement director Samidh Chakrabarti stated, in accordance with the AFP. He added, “It’s going to function a command heart so we are able to make real-time selections as wanted.”

A “command heart” in a “conflict room” to make “real-time” selections huh?… And oh Fb says it will gain help from synthetic intelligence software program to forestall pretend posts by these pesky Russians besides…

Apparently workplace area for the deliberate anti-election meddling HQ has already been put aside as Fb says it’s nonetheless within the procession of “constructing” this conflict room.

However the AFP stories this incredibly amusing detail:

He declined to say when the “conflict room” — at the moment a convention room with a paper signal taped to the door — can be in operation.

Groups at Fb have been honing responses to potential eventualities resembling floods of bogus information or campaigns to trick folks into falsely pondering they will forged ballots by textual content message, in accordance with executives.

Don’t fear America your elections are secure with Fb on watch on the ahead working publish! Although seemingly a convention room with paper taped to the door gained’t precisely convey confidence and readiness to the American public.

“Stopping election interference on Fb has been one of many greatest cross-team efforts the corporate has seen,” Chakrabarti continued.

The brand new initiative follows chief government Mark Zuckerberg pledging that Fb wouldn’t permit the kind of “voter manipulation” that he says occurred forward of the 2016 election of Donald Trump, for which he admitted his firm was “ill-prepared”.

“We’ve recognized and eliminated pretend accounts forward of elections in France, Germany, Alabama, Mexico and Brazil,” Zuckerberg stated in a written assertion posted to Fb final week.

We’ve discovered and brought down international affect campaigns from Russia and Iran making an attempt to intrude within the US, UK, Center East, and elsewhere — in addition to teams in Mexico and Brazil which have been lively in their very own nation” Zuckerberg continued.

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He stated that “right this moment, Fb is healthier ready for these sorts of assaults” — although it’s unclear if the newly unveiled conflict room… or relatively a convention room with a paper signal that claims “conflict room” on it’s a part of the grand preparedness initiative.

In July Fb introduced it had identified a “coordinated political affect marketing campaign,” comprised of “dozens of inauthentic accounts and pages which are believed to be participating in political exercise forward of November’s midterm elections.”

And beforehand in February, following the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and two companies for election meddling (certainly one of which had proven up in US courtroom to struggle), Fb VP of promoting, Rob Goldman identified that the majority of promoting bought by Russians on Fb occurred after the election — and was designed to “sow discord and divide Individuals”, one thing which Individuals have been fairly adept at doing on their very own.

Early this 12 months The New York Times reported that with a view to fight the “discord” allegedly sewn by Russians, most of which occurred after the election, Fb employed a fleet of individuals to overview content material, added to its safety staff, and employed counterterrorism consultants and recruited employees with authorities safety clearances.

“The Russians strike once more!”…or so we expect. Picture Supply: WarGames (1983)

It seems the “conflict room” is a part of this coordinated effort, which additional contains partnership with an actual NATO-funded entity: the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Analysis Lab (DFR Lab), which is to help Fb in offering “geopolitical experience” and assist in flagging posts which might have a malevolent international energy behind them.

All of this could translate into very actual concern for the potential of political censorship of Americans within the title of defending towards international election meddling.

One Fb information feed spokesman told the AFP“We’re working laborious to amplify the nice and mitigate the unhealthy.” They usually’ll apparently do this with the help of A.I. from a centralized “command heart”… what might go unsuitable?

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