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Meta Forms Team to Combat AI Misuse Ahead of EU Elections

 |  February 26, 2024

In anticipation of the upcoming European Parliament elections scheduled for June, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is gearing up its efforts to tackle disinformation and the potential misuse of generative artificial intelligence (AI). According to reports from Reuters, Meta is establishing a dedicated team to address concerns regarding election interference and misleading AI-generated content.

The proliferation of generative AI, capable of rapidly producing text, images, and videos in response to prompts, has raised alarms about its potential exploitation to disrupt significant electoral processes worldwide, including the European Parliament elections slated from June 6th to June 9th. With 720 lawmakers holding pivotal roles in shaping EU policies and laws, safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process is paramount.

Marco Pancini, Meta’s head of EU affairs, outlined the company’s proactive measures in a blog post, stating, “As the election approaches, we’ll activate an Elections Operations Center to identify potential threats and put mitigations in place in real time.” Pancini further elaborated that a multidisciplinary team comprising experts from Meta’s intelligence, data science, engineering, research, operations, content policy, and legal divisions will be deployed to combat misinformation, address influence operations, and counter the risks associated with the misuse of generative AI.

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In addition to internal efforts, Meta is expanding its collaboration with external partners to fortify its defense against disinformation. Currently partnering with 26 independent fact-checking organizations across the European Union, covering 22 languages, Meta intends to enhance its network by adding three new partners in Bulgaria, France, and Slovakia. This strategic expansion underscores Meta’s commitment to leveraging external expertise and resources in the fight against misinformation.

Furthermore, Meta joins forces with tech giants like Microsoft, OpenAI, and 17 other companies in a collaborative effort aimed at preventing deceptive artificial intelligence content from interfering with elections worldwide. This joint initiative signals a concerted industry-wide approach to combatting the misuse of AI technologies in the electoral sphere and underscores the significance of collective action in preserving the integrity of democratic processes.

As the digital landscape evolves and AI technologies become increasingly sophisticated, Meta’s proactive stance underscores the critical importance of addressing emerging challenges posed by disinformation and AI abuse.

Source: Reuters