Twitter and Facebook have confirmed that they will unveil information relating to Russian interference in UK’s 2016 Brexit referendum vote. That is set to take place in a matter of weeks. The US has been at the frontline when it comes to carrying out interrogations relating to election disinformation but that is understandable considering what it experienced in its last election.
Rumors have been in circulation that a number of the foreign governments have been taking advantage of social media to sway voters and drive Brexit propaganda. In the previous month, the chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, Damian Collins got in touch with both Twitter and Facebook. He requested them to find out whether or not the Russian-backed accounts had played a part in the swaying of voters in the June 2016 in/out EU referendum.
Collins also contacted a number of senior representatives from the two business gurus. He sought to have them provide evidence about the reach of fake news at the British embassy. The UK prime minister has been quick to crank up political pressure.
In his statement, he outlined that the Russian government sought out to “weaponize information” through its act of planting fake photoshopped images and stories. It has succeeded in several instances in the past. It has meddled in election and sowed much discord in the West and it is time it stopped the injustice according to top officials in the UK government.
On Friday it got in touch with Collins through a letter. It disclosed that within a short period of time it was going to divulge its findings. It added that at the moment it was busy conducting investigations into the questions posed and that it intended to share its findings in weeks to come.
Facebook has also given its response to the committee outlining that it had gotten in touch with UK’s Electoral Commission regarding the possibility of a Russian interference in the referendum.
Facebook’s spokesperson said, “We are now considering how we can best respond to the Electoral Commission’s request for information and expect to respond to them by the second week of December. Given that your letter is about the same issue, we will share our response to the Electoral Commission with you.”