The mid-term elections are right around the corner, and many are worried that Russia is going to attempt to meddle in the elections once again. However, Facebook has pledged to monitor its platform more than usual. According to Facebook, it will be using a wide range of techniques to counter Russian operatives and others who attempt to influence the election. Facebook is also going to be using Artificial Intelligence here, to combat the Russians. Seeing as Artificial Intelligence is being used for just about everything these days, this shouldn't come as a surprise at all.
Facebook officials told reporters that they expect to find these efforts on its social media platform ahead of the mid-term elections which take place in November. But did decline to disclose whether they have already caught any of these operations yet. Since the previous election, where the Russians influenced voters, in favor of electing Donald Trump, Facebook has come under fire for not policing its platform enough, and separately, for allowing Cambridge Analytica to have access to so much data, without the user's permission. So it makes sense that Facebook is taking this under advisement for the upcoming mid-terms, as it does need to vindicate itself.
This comes after Alex Stamos, the head of security at Facebook, wrote a letter back in March – that surfaced this week – about urging his colleagues to heed feedback about "creepy" features on Facebook. Also stating that Facebook should be collecting less data. Stamos also mentioned that Facebook should deprioritize short-term growth and revenue so it could restore trust in its users. This is important for a number of reasons, but firstly because users trust Facebook with all of its data and personal information. However that trust was broken after the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, and it likely hit Facebook's monthly active user numbers. But we'll see if that did happen when Facebook reports earnings this week.