Senate Urges Action to Prevent Election Meddling
Bipartisan report discusses Russian disinformation
On Tuesday, a bipartisan panel of the Senate Intelligence Committee recommended a series of sweeping steps designed to prevent Russian disinformation efforts from impairing the 2020 elections.
Among other things, they said Congress should consider legislation to increase the transparency of political advertising on social media. They also said social media companies must improve efforts to notify users of exposure to disinformation.
"This challenge requires an integrated approach that brings together the public and private sectors," the committee wrote. "This approach must be rooted in protecting democratic values, including freedom of speech and the right to privacy. The Federal government, civil society, and the private sector, including social media and technology companies, each have an important role to play in deterring and defending against foreign influence operations that target the United States."
The panel recommended that the Trump Administration “reinforce with the public the danger of attempted foreign interference in the 2020 election,” such as establishing an interagency task force to monitor foreign use of social media to spread disinformation.
Committee Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina said in a statement that “Russia is waging an information warfare campaign against the U.S. that didn’t start and didn’t end with the 2016 election."
- For Congress and the Trump Administration to work together to assure the 2020 election is free from meddling by foreign countries.
That news and social media outlets would take on more responsibility for transparency in reporting as well as the advertising they accept.