Several Indian states, including Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh, have elections set for this year, and the national elections are just over a year away. A day earlier, Mark Zuckerberg claimed that by removing Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) pages that were directed at the US, Facebook had taken significant action.
According to Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s “major focus” this year is to safeguard the integrity of upcoming elections in several countries, including India, on its platform. As a result, Facebook has deployed technology tools like artificial intelligence and thousands of people to work on security. Zuckerberg called 2018 a “big year” for elections and announced that Facebook was improving its security measures to stop information trolls. A huge data breach controversy involving the social media behemoth has drawn criticism from Cambridge Analytica, a British company connected to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
“We successfully used some new artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in the US Senate Alabama special election last year to get rid of Macedonian trolls who were trying to disseminate misinformation. By the end of this year, we’ll have more than 20,000 employees working on security and content review, up from approximately 15,000 right now “In a conference call yesterday, Zuckerberg told reporters.
“With the US midterm elections, as well as elections in India, Brazil, Mexico, Pakistan, Hungary, and other countries, this year is likely to be a major one for elections. This will be a key area of attention for us, “added said.
Several Indian states, including Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh, have elections set for this year, and the national elections are just over a year away. A day earlier, Zuckerberg claimed that by removing Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) pages that were directed at the US, Facebook had taken significant action. We’ve been fighting to eradicate the IRA and safeguard the credibility of elections everywhere since we learned of their behavior following the 2016 US elections, he said.
“We have concentrated on a handful of significant elections. There was a French presidential election a few months after the 2016 elections, and in the run-up to it, we deployed some new AI techniques that removed more than 30,000 bogus accounts “explained he.
According to him, the business created a new playbook for the German election in which it collaborated with the local election commission to share information on threats it had received. “We still have a lot of work to do, and we’ll be working extremely hard to defend against them. There is the Mexican presidential election, significant elections in India, Brazil, Pakistan, Hungary, and several other nations, in addition to the US midterm elections, of course “added he.
In his list of three different activities, Zuckerberg noted that each required a different approach to combat.
The third is just polarisation and occasionally lacking truthfulness in what you’ve described as the media, he added. Economic players, who are essentially spammers, are the first; governments attempting to intervene in elections are the second.
“They will simply find something else to do if we can make the economics stop working for them. These are essentially the same individuals who were sending you Viagra emails in the 1990s, to put it mildly. We have both options for attack. We disable their ability to operate the Facebook ad network on the revenue side, “explained he.
According to Zuckerberg, the second category consists of issues related to national security, including Russian election meddling. “We must identify these terrible actors to find a solution. To simply be able to completely delete it off Facebook, we just need to track that very closely “explained he.
According to Zuckerberg, after careful examination over time, some media organizations that are recognized as news sources in Russia are wholly owned, managed, and run by the IRA. So, he continued, “We take them down and treat that as a security issue.