September 30, 2020

FBI says hackers want to stoke doubt about the 2020 election

The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency [released a warning on Monday]( alerting the public about the potential for widespread disinformation campaigns designed to cast doubt about the legitimacy of the coming elections in November.

“One of the primary business goals of social media firms is to keep the user interacting with the social media’s platform as often as possible and for as long a duration as possible. Unfortunately, social media companies have learned that one of the most effective ways to do this is to ensure that users are exposed to information that reinforces their worldview as well as sparks outrage along hot-button topics.

Social media algorithms, are tuned to maximize user engagement by filling user feeds with content that can inadvertently play directly into the hands of adversarial influence campaigns, leading to more division in the nation’s citizenry.” 

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