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Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election


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Facebook, Google and other major tech companies met with government agencies in their efforts to secure the November election.

Several major tech companies will work with government agencies as a group to fight disinformation like the QAnon conspiracy theory, represented by the Q on supporters phones.

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Facebook, Google, and other major technology firms on Wednesday announced an expansion of their coalition to secure the November U.S. presidential election, and held a meeting with government agencies.

The group aims to prevent the type of online meddling and foreign interference that tainted the 2016 presidential election.

The latest additions to the group include the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, professional networking website LinkedIn, and Verizon Media, while the meeting included representatives of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Department of Homeland Security.

While the coalition will discuss active threats, it remains each member company's responsibility to ameliorate election interference on its platform.

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