Down by three months on the scheduled 2020 General Elections, Big Tech companies met with the Federal government on Wednesday to laid out possible scenarios in the upcoming election the United States will be facing. Though, there have been no clear and elaborate details in one of those series of monthly meetups shared publicly, sources familiar with this engagement said that the meetings include presentations and back-and-forth conversations concerning a variety of topics between the tech companies and government representatives.
9 major U.S. tech companies met with federal government officials to discuss how to handle misinformation during this month’s political conventions and election results this fall. https://t.co/tMKhCwYdY2— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) August 13, 2020
NBC News reports that nine of the world's known tech giants discussed with the government how to handle misinformation during political conventions and the results of this year’s November vote. The attendees of the said meeting include representatives from Google, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Microsoft, Verizon Media, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and the Wikimedia Foundation. The government representatives, according to the industry statement, who participated in this discussion were the FBI’s foreign influence task force, the Justice Department’s national security division, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
The United States tops the world meter as the country with the worst case of the coronavirus, with reported 5million people diagnosed with the respiratory disease and killed 160,000 of its citizens led Americans to resort into mail-in voting as an option to vote while observing protocols set by the government in this coronavirus election. The issue of the mail-in voting method is that results may come in later compare to the previous elections. The Republican president posted serious doubts on the outcome of this election as it may be subject, according to him, to fraud pushing him to suggest a delay in the election. He did not answer directly if he will accept the results of the potentially long-count selection. This only means that one of the possible reason for the meeting is to address the results which may exceed days compare to in-person voting comes November 3rd.
NBC News shared that the primary goal of the meeting is to address these issues and fill a gap in the sharing of information and the companies involved in this aims to protect the integrity of the 2020 Election. Just like the traditional news media, the social media and online platforms faced the same scrutiny on matters concerning elections, for pieces of information and presentations from these outlets influence voters and have wide implications on how Americans and the world judge the outcome or weigh the result of the election.
The companies, who started this engagement with the government since 2018, shared that they planned to meet regularly before November. Political parties are set to hold their convention this month virtually because of the strict regulations imposed that limit gatherings and physical contact to stop the spread of the disease.