The military skirmish between Russia and Ukraine has led to a web of disinformation campaigns that have put major technology companies in a dilemma.
Bret Schafer, senior fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the Marshall Foundation (Germany), said the escalation of tensions would be a test for US social media companies.
|The Russia-Ukraine tension puts Big Tech in a difficult position|
Major media companies say they are closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine. Shortly after Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, Nathaniel Gleicher, head of security policy at Meta (Facebook’s parent company) announced a special operations center to respond to threats and a new tool that allows people in Ukraine to lock their profile. Twitter also offers tools to ensure safety and encourages users to set up two-factor authentication.
However, Nina Jankowicz, a global fellow at the Wilson Center, says some of the features major social networks have rolled out, such as labeling posts or issuing “think before sharing” warnings, don’t work. applied during this crisis.
Most tech giants label posts and accounts from state-run media, but those policies don’t address misinformation from everyday users abroad.
Past conflicts show that big tech companies often let their guard down to misinformation crises due to language and cultural barriers.
Ms. Jankowicz said that even with new policies, social platforms will have a hard time making them available to non-English speakers or non-Westerners.
Before that, Russia was also very strict in its own disinformation campaigns. The country fined Google $100 million and Meta $27 million last year for not removing banned material.
“That could make it harder for tech platforms to stop the flood of misinformation,” said Justin Sherman, a fellow at the Atlantic Council.
Mr. Sherman said that it is difficult for technology companies to be neutral, when a business provides services to someone, they always take a stand.
Experts told Axios that in addition to social media, Ukraine will also face many cyber attacks in the future. On February 24, several Ukrainian government websites were inaccessible due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
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