Facebook in its security development spree has deployed technology tools like Artificial intelligence and thousands of people focusing on upcoming government elections. Several countries are under the radar: India, Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico, the US, Macedonia, Germany, and Hungary.


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CEO Zuckerberg termed 2018 as a ‘big year’ for elections. The process sees the social media in enhancing security features on its platform for preventing trolls from spreading info.

Facebook has about 15,000 people working on security and content review. Zuckerberg stated that the number is to reach 20,000 by the end of the year.

There have been a number of important elections that we’ve focused on. A few months after the 2016 elections, there was a French presidential election and leading up to that we deployed some new AI tools that took down more than 30,000 fake accounts. – Mark Zuckerberg

The IRA issue after 2016 US elections led the company to take down the agency pages that had been targeting the US. Last year saw the social media deploy AI tools successfully to remove Macedonian trolls that were spreading information during the election.

Facebook developed a new playbook for the German elections and will be working with local election commission regarding sharing info on the threats received.

These are literally the same type of people who had been sending you Viagra emails in the ’90s. We can attack it on both sides. On the revenue side, we make it so that they can’t run the Facebook ad network. – Mark Zuckerberg

There are three major elements that required different strategies for taking security measures, as pointed out by Zuckerberg. These are economic spammers, government interference in elections and false media.

As for the second, Zuckerberg referred to the likes of the Russian interference in 2016. He mentioned that some media companies that are sanctioned news outlets in Russia are the organizations that are completely owned, controlled and operated by the IRA. He said on this: “So we take them down and treat that as a security issue.”

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Via: The Economic Times