Facebook shut down for cybersecurity reasons more than two dozen “inauthentic” accounts and pages this past Tuesday that sought to inflame social and political tensions in the United States, and said their activity was similar to those of Russian accounts during the 2016 election.
The action marked the social media giant’s first significant acknowledgment of an ongoing, coordinated propaganda campaign on its site since it implemented new safeguards after the 2016 vote.
Former White House Chief Information Officer under President George W. Bush and current CEO of the industry-leading security consulting company Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton, is one of the nation’s top experts in cybersecurity and IT strategy as an industry veteran for over two decades.
According to Theresa, Facebook is making the right move in suspending these accounts, but they must be cautious to not target users based on their politics.
- Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter taking action is only a small piece of the puzzle. We urge the Trump administration to confront election meddling head on.
- The 2018 election is only months away, and FB is taking the threat of foreign-led disinformation campaigns seriously. Their willingness to protect user safety should be applauded.
- FB has effectively taken a proactive approach to this issue rather than waiting for Congressional oversight to force their hand. If other platforms and regulators do not take action soon, it will become too late to stop Russian interference.
- However, FB must prove that their increased efforts are not leading to the accidental censoring of real Conservative users. Doing so should be treated as discrimination and cannot be tolerated in a society founded upon free debate.
Under President George W. Bush, Thshe served as the first female chief information officer at the White House, overseeing IT operations for POTUS and his staff. She was named #4 on IFSEC Global’s list of the world’s Top 50 cybersecurity influencers in security & fire 2017. See her profiled in the Washington Post for her role on the 2017 CBS reality show “Hunted” here: Former White House chief information officer is using her cyber skills on a new CBS reality show.
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