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美国科技大佬和FBI共谋的这件事,让人细思极恐

转载 2019-09-06 08:00:07

2020年大选在即,脸书、谷歌、微软和推特周三与美国政府官员举行了一场会谈,防止历史重演。美国各大主流媒体都大篇幅报道此事。

 

相关人士透露,会谈在加利福尼亚州门洛帕克的Facebook总部举行。出席会议的机构包括联邦调查局,国土安全部和国家情报局局长办公室。

 

Facebook 称这些科技公司和政府机构正在共同制定战略,查漏补缺,以免使五个月后的初选受到被操纵的风险。

 

为了防止历史重演,科技大佬们纷纷保证“清理门户”。

 

从那时起,许多科技公司都受到了严格的审查。一些公司表示可以做得更好,并作出内部整改,以减少虚假信息和外部势力的干扰。

 

例如,上周,Facebook表示正在加强核实是哪些群体和人们在其网站上投放政治广告。Twitter上个月表示,它将禁止国有媒体购买广告。

 

在会后,科技巨头纷纷表态,支持美国政府维护2020年大选不受外国势力干扰。

 

但是也有专家指出这种科技大佬和政府机构的会议细思极恐。

 

哈佛大学Shorenstein中心的研究主任Joan Donovan表示,出于保护隐私的原因,公众也应该警惕政府机构和科技巨头之间的此类会议。

 

“没人知道底线在哪里,”她说。“我们不知道科技公司是否会把你收件箱或邮件的内容透露给政府。”

 

Google, Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook meet FBI, Homeland Security to talk 2020 vote

 

Ann Schmidt

 

Representatives from top tech companies, including Google, Microsoft and Twitter, met at Facebook’s headquarters on Wednesday with government officials to discuss security ahead of the 2020 election, according to a recent report.

 

According to Reuters, Facebook said the companies and government agencies were working together to develop strategies to block previous weaknesses and avoid future threats with the first primary just five months away.

 

The meeting at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, offices involved officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Bloomberg first reported.

 

Richard Salgado, Google's Director of Law Enforcement and Information Security, told FOX Business that collaboration with law enforcement and other tech companies is key to protect election integrity in the U.S.

 

"At Google, we've invested in robust systems to detect phishing and hacking attempts, identify foreign interference on our platforms, and protect campaigns from digital attacks. But technology is only part of the solution," Salgado told FOX Business in an emailed statement.

 

An anonymous source told Bloomberg about the private, full day of meetings focused on how tech companies are preparing security measures ahead of the 2020 election to prevent against similar disinformation campaigns that were led by Russians organized during the 2016 election cycle.

 

The companies also discussed how they would work with government agencies to keep their sites secure.

 

Representatives from Microsoft and Twitter confirmed to FOX Business that the companies both participated in the talks.

 

The Twitter spokesperson also said the company is “committed to doing our part,” in regard to maintaining the integrity of its site during the 2020 presidential election.

 

Every year is an election year on Twitter and our mission to serve the public conversation is never more critical than during these moments,” the spokesperson told FOX Business in an emailed statement.

 

We always welcome the opportunity to spend time with our peer companies and the government agencies tasked with protecting the integrity of the 2020 election. This is a joint effort in response to a shared threat, and we are committed to doing our part,” the Twitter spokesperson added.

 

Google's Salgado agreed, "We will continue to monitor our platforms while sharing relevant information with law enforcement and industry peers. It is crucial that industry, law enforcement and others collaborate to prevent any threats to the integrity of our elections."

 

Facebook did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment on Wednesday evening.

 

Facebook was highly criticized after the 2016 election for allowing disinformation to be spread on its site.

 

The company was also fined a record $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission in July for violating consumers’ privacy rights. The probe was borne out of the revelation that a third-party firm – Cambridge Analytica – was able to access private information belonging to millions of Americans during the 2016 election cycle.

 

Joan Donovan, a research director at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center, said the public should also be wary of such meetings between government agencies and tech giants for privacy reasons.

 

We don’t know where the lines are drawn internally,” she said. “We don’t know whether the tech companies would consider your inbox or direct messages subject to sharing with the state.”

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