Tech company officials plan meeting to discuss strategy for midterms: report

Tech company officials plan meeting to discuss strategy for midterms: report
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Representatives from a dozen of the nation's largest tech companies will meet Friday to discuss the industry's strategy to combat foreign election interference efforts in the midterm elections.

An email obtained by BuzzFeed News from Facebook cybersecurity chief Nathaniel Gleicher invites officials from companies such as Google and Snapchat to a meeting set to take place at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco.

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“As I’ve mentioned to several of you over the last few weeks, we have been looking to schedule a follow-on discussion to our industry conversation about information operations, election protection, and the work we are all doing to tackle these challenges,” Gleicher wrote according to BuzzFeed.

According to the Facebook official's email, the meeting will discuss the individual challenges each platform faces in terms of countering Russian efforts to meddle in the U.S. election and discuss efforts already taken to halt foreign agents.

Dozens of Russian nationals have been indicted by the special counsel investigation headed by Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE over election interference efforts in 2016, but none have been brought to trial.

The meeting comes as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey faces a Friday deadline from the House Energy and Commerce Committee to decide whether to testify next month on allegations of conservative censorship on his platform or face a subpoena.

Twitter, already facing questions along with other tech companies over its response to Russian agents' use of its platform to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, now could face lawmakers demanding answers over allegations that his company "shadow banned" conservatives, hiding their posts from followers without their knowledge due to their political content.

Dorsey has denied the charge, stating that his company does not punish users for political viewpoints.