AI To Be Used By Facebook To Avoid Russian Interference Prior To US Mid-Term Elections


Facebook, the social media giant, has said that it will begin making use of artificial intelligence to combat people including operatives from Russia who make use of false information to influence public opinion on the social media platform.

Talking to the media, the firm said that they were anticipating that there may be activities from Russian agents and other parties on the website before the mid-term elections of the United States that is scheduled this coming November.

However, the company reemphasised that the posts would not be deleted solely for being incorrect.

Also, Facebook has declined to disclose whether it has already identified any efforts from Russian agents to influence the midterm elections. In a conference call with the reporters last Tuesday, the company executives attempted to praise the efforts they are making to counter the kind of propaganda and false reports that plagued the platform amidst the 2016 US presidential election.

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of Facebook, was seriously criticised after suggesting that the Holocaust deniers posts would not be taken down from the site if they were sincerely voiced.

This follows the publication of an internal note that was written by Alex Stamos, the former chief security officer of the company, which slammed the “creepy” features.

The note was disclosed by Buzzfeed News. It informed the firm to pull back on the collection of data in order to recapture the trust of its users, as he asked the bosses to: “pick sides when there are clear moral or humanitarian issues.”

Recently, Facebook has also come under fire amidst the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, as it was blamed for not doing enough to protect the information of its users.

Earlier in July, the Information Commissioner’s Office imposed a maximum a £500,000 sum fine to the company because of its part in the said scandal.