Microsoft and Facebook met with the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) and the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) to discuss election security issues.
This meeting was reportedly largely informative, according to TechCrunch, who report that the Facebook and Microsoft provided insights into their efforts at containing foreign threats.
The firms also met with Google, Snapchat, Twitter and other companies to discuss the spread of disinformation on their platforms and how to combat them effectively.
Facebook VP of Public Policy Kevin Martin said of the meeting.
Effectively combatting coordinated information operations requires many parts of society working together, which is why Facebook believes so strongly in the need for collaboration between law enforcement, government agencies, security experts and other companies to confront these growing threats.
Microsoft had a similar sentiment. Microsoft VP of Customer Security and Trust Tom Burt had the following to say:
No one organization, department or individual can solve this issue alone, that’s why information sharing is so important.
To really be successful in defending democracy, technology companies, government, civil society, the academic community and researchers need to come together and partner in new and meaningful ways.