Tech Firms, Federal Officials Meet to Discuss Ways to Ensure 2020 Election Security

Representatives from several technology companies held a meeting Wednesday with government officials at Facebook’s (Nasdaq: FB) Menlo Park, Calif.-based headquarters to discuss how to facilitate information sharing and detect threats in order to protect the 2020 U.S. elections from potential foreign interference, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The Silicon Valley meeting was attended by security teams from Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Facebook, Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) and Google as well as members of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the FBI.

“Improving election security and countering information operations are complex challenges that no organization can solve alone,” Nathaniel Gleicher, head of Facebook cybersecurity policy, said in a statement.

“Today’s meeting builds on our continuing commitment to work with industry and government partners, as well as with civil society and security experts, to better understand emerging threats and prepare for future elections,” Gleicher added.

An FBI official said the agency participated in the meeting to “discuss our shared goal of protecting democracy and securing the 2020 U.S. state, federal and presidential elections.”

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