- The Washington Times - Friday, August 24, 2018

Tech giants are slated to meet on Friday to share their strategies to safeguard the 2018 midterms elections, according to a Buzzfeed News report.

Buzzfeed announced late Thursday night that they obtained an email from Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher

The email extended an invite to a dozen of America’s more prominent tech and social media companies to convene at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco. Google, Snapchat, and Microsoft are all reported to be on the list.

The conference will allow time for each company to present their plan to win back against misinformation and trolling. Then the tech companies can troubleshoot hiccups as a group.

U.S. national security experts agree that elections continue to be a target for foreign actors.

Twitter and Facebook announced on Tuesday that they each pulled hundreds of fake accounts and pages that came from Iran and Russia. Both worked with law enforcement to monitor the accounts.

“These were distinct campaigns and we have not identified any link or coordination between them,” Facebook’s statement read. “However, they used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing.”

Days later, Microsoft reported that it discovered Russian hackers created phony sites to hack into individual computers and steal personal information. They targeted two conservative think tanks as well as handful Senate pages.

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