Recommended Principles for Regulation or Legislation to Combat Influence Operations
The internet has transformed the way people connect and organize online, bringing in new voices and empowering grassroots advocates. At the same time, it has also made it possible for malicious actors to target public spaces online to manipulate or corrupt public debate. While this is not a new issue, since 2016, technology companies, security researchers, journalists and government agencies have made significant strides in understanding these threats and strengthening our collective defenses.
Our teams at Facebook have: 1) developed specific policies against Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior and other deceptive behaviors, 2) built automated detection tools to find and remove fake accounts and other violations, 3) strengthened collaboration with tech companies, civil society, and governments to help tackle this problem from multiple angles at once. We went from taking down one network engaged in influence operations in 2017 to removing over 100 networks worldwide since then, including ahead of major democratic elections around the world.
Our teams will continue to find, remove and expose these influence operations, but we know these threats extend beyond any one platform and no single organization can tackle them alone.
Oct 13, 2020 at 13:38