Social Media Firms Manage Expectations for Stopping Foreign Influence Campaigns

U.S. tech companies are tamping down expectations on their ability to prevent foreign influence campaigns on social media.

With the midterm elections a little more than two months away, Silicon Valley is under heavy public and political pressure to crack down on foreign operations. However, some cyber experts say it’s too late for them to secure their platforms before voters cast ballots on Nov. 6.

Companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter say they’re doing their best but industry observers note that, at least in the short term, foreign manipulation efforts can only be curbed, not eliminated.

Questions about those efforts will be put to top executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google when they testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Sept. 5.

Read more at The Hill

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