Top tech giants are converging as they look to protect the US presidential election.
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, along with other companies have put out a statement this week saying that they will be merging to encourage discussions with government agencies in order to secure the presidential election in November.
This alliance will involve the companies; Facebook, Google, Twitter, Reddit, Microsoft, Verizon, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Wikimedia Foundation.
“For the past several years, we have worked closely to counter information operations across our platforms. In preparation for the upcoming election, we regularly meet to discuss trends with U.S. government agencies tasked with protecting the integrity of the election,” the statement said.
This move is meant to help avoid what happened in 2016, where foreign actors had released online disinformation campaigns in order to impede in the process.
“We held the latest in a series of meetings with government partners today where we each provided updates on what we’re seeing on our respective platforms and what we expect to see in the coming months.”
“Specifically, we discussed preparations for the upcoming conventions and scenario planning related to election results. We will continue to stay vigilant on these issues and meet regularly ahead of the November election.”
Robert Muller, special counsel reported in 2018 regarding Russia’s intervening in the 2016 presidential campaign which showed an extensive and sophisticated Kremlin-led operation to spread conflict in the US.
In October, Facebook said it will be strengthening how it verified groups and people who placed political advertising on its site. Recently, Twitter has been strengthening its moderation on misinformation on the site.