While being careful not to upset free speech as well as constitutional rights, a top law enforcement official said the FBI Task Force is set to Expose Russian Social Media manipulations.
The FBI plans to alert U.S. companies and the public about efforts by Russia or other nations to use disinformation and social media manipulation to interfere in upcoming elections.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “foreign influence” task force is heading to most likely dramatically reshape the relationship between government and social media companies in a bid to address vulnerabilities that enabled Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
“We’ve been reluctant in some instances to share the amount of information of what we know about what’s happening,” said Jeffrey Tricoli, a top FBI official heading the task force. “You can’t stay with the same strategy if you think there needs to be changes. So going forward there’s going to be opportunities for us to share information in better ways.”
The new approach the FBI employed contrasts with how the bureau handled Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. At the time, the bureau didn’t say anything publicly about the meddling — and it wasn’t until about a month before the election that the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement about Russia’s actions.
The aim according to Tricoli, is to shine a light on election interference efforts while leaving it up to companies and the public to make their own decisions about what to do with disinformation, fake news or contaminated online content.
The FBI has not yet made it public how they intend to stop the spread of disinformation so that the public can make you their own mind as it pertains elections.
Social media are computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.