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Facebook preparing to foreign intervention in U.S. presidential election 2020

According to technical director of the company, moderators will inevitably appear on Facebook in this period
17:21, 29 September 2019
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Facebook expects foreign interference through its social network at the 2020 US presidential election. Technical director of the company Mike Schroepfer stated this in an interview with the Welt am Sonnag newspaper, DW informs.

At the same time, Schroepfer is sure that the methods of influencing the elections through Facebook will be different than in 2016. He also noted that his task is to protect users from the spread of hatred and propaganda with the help of artificial intelligence.

According to Schroepfer, moderators will inevitably appear on Facebook to do these tasks.

“Technical ideas are necessary, but many solutions are impossible without the help of a person,” he said.
 
 
Earlier Facebook has removed a number of accounts and groups that have been running coordinated disinformation campaigns in Ukraine. Facebook published this statement.

“We also removed 168 accounts, 149 Facebook Pages and 79 Groups for engaging in domestic-focused coordinated inauthentic behavior in Ukraine,” the statement said.

Less than 4.2 million accounts followed one or more of these pages and about 401,000 accounts joined at least one of these Groups. Among the deleted pages, there were accounts of Znaj.ua, Politeka, Hyser outlets.

The company states that people behind this activity used fake accounts to manage Groups and a number of Pages — some of which changed their names over time, and also to increase engagement, disseminate content and drive people to off-platform sites posing as news outlets. The page admins and account owners typically posted about celebrities, show business, sports, local and international news, political and economic issues including Ukrainian elections, political candidates and criticism of various public figures.

 
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