Meta to Set up Team to Counter Disinformation, AI Abuse in EU Elections

As technology advances, the issue of fake news remains a critical concern that must be addressed. The rapid development of generative AI, capable of producing text, images, and videos within seconds based on prompts, has raised concerns about its potential to disrupt major elections.

Recent reports from Reuters indicate that Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is alarmed by the threat of election interference and the dissemination of misleading content generated by artificial intelligence. Consequently, Meta has decided to establish a dedicated team to combat disinformation and the misuse of AI leading up to the European Parliament elections in June.

Marco Pancini, Meta’s head of EU affairs, stated in a blog post that the team will consist of experts from various departments within the company, including intelligence, data science, engineering, research, operations, content policy, and legal teams. Their primary focus will be on combating misinformation, addressing issues related to influence operations, and mitigating risks associated with the misuse of generative artificial intelligence.

Earlier this month, Meta, along with Microsoft, Open AI, and 17 other technology companies, took a significant step towards enhancing information security by agreeing to collaborate in preventing deceptive artificial intelligence content from interfering with elections worldwide this year.

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