(NPR) — Leaders from Big Tech met with law enforcement and intelligence officials to discuss how to align their efforts ahead of the 2020 election — signaling a new consensus about the need to prepare for disinformation and cyberattacks.
The California conference with the FBI, as well as U.S. intelligence and security officials, reflected a new consensus about the need to prepare against attacks aimed at the next election.
Facebook's cybersecurity policy boss, Nathaniel Gleicher, gave an outline of the conversations.
“Participants discussed their respective work, explored potential threats, and identified further steps to improve planning and coordination,” he said. “Specifically, attendees talked about how industry and government could improve how we share information and coordinate our response to better detect and deter threats.”
Facebook and Microsoft confirmed the meeting, which took place at Facebook's campus in Menlo Park, Calif., on Wednesday.
The conversations — and the announcement that they took place — reflected a new consensus in the worlds of technology and national security about the need to prepare beforehand for disinformation or other influence operations aimed at the 2020 presidential race.