How Social Media Giants Aim To Combat Election Interference Ahead Of Midterms | NBC Nightly News

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    COMPANIES DOING TO STOP THAT KIND OF ACTIVITY? NBC'S JO LING KENT WENT INSIDE
    KIND OF ACTIVITY? NBC'S JO LING KENT WENT INSIDE THE WAR ROOM TO FIND OUT.
    NBC'S JO LING KENT WENT INSIDE THE WAR ROOM TO FIND OUT. >> THE DRIVE TO PROTECT THE
    THE WAR ROOM TO FIND OUT. >> THE DRIVE TO PROTECT THE MID-TERM ELECTION IS IN HIGH
    >> THE DRIVE TO PROTECT THE MID-TERM ELECTION IS IN HIGH GEAR AT FACEBOOK.
    MID-TERM ELECTION IS IN HIGH GEAR AT FACEBOOK. >> WELCOME TO THE WAR ROOM.
    GEAR AT FACEBOOK. >> WELCOME TO THE WAR ROOM. >> THANK SNOW THE WORLD'S
    >> WELCOME TO THE WAR ROOM. >> THANK SNOW THE WORLD'S BIGGEST SOCIAL NETWORK IS
    >> THANK SNOW THE WORLD'S BIGGEST SOCIAL NETWORK IS MOUNTING A COORDINATED WAR
    BIGGEST SOCIAL NETWORK IS MOUNTING A COORDINATED WAR AGAINST FALSE NEWS AND HACKING
    MOUNTING A COORDINATED WAR AGAINST FALSE NEWS AND HACKING IN THE FINAL TWO WEEKS BEFORE
    AGAINST FALSE NEWS AND HACKING IN THE FINAL TWO WEEKS BEFORE ELECTION DAY.
    IN THE FINAL TWO WEEKS BEFORE ELECTION DAY. >> WE WANT TO BE AS QUICK AND
    ELECTION DAY. >> WE WANT TO BE AS QUICK AND AGILE AS WE CAN HERE.
    >> WE WANT TO BE AS QUICK AND AGILE AS WE CAN HERE. ALL OF THESE THINGS HELP US
    AGILE AS WE CAN HERE. ALL OF THESE THINGS HELP US REALLY PREVENT PROBLEMS BEFORE
    ALL OF THESE THINGS HELP US REALLY PREVENT PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY CAN BECOME VIRAL.
    REALLY PREVENT PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY CAN BECOME VIRAL. >> RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA.
    THEY CAN BECOME VIRAL. >> RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA. >> Reporter: THE HOPE TO PREVENT
    >> RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA. >> Reporter: THE HOPE TO PREVENT ANOTHER 2016 DISASTER WHEN THE
    >> Reporter: THE HOPE TO PREVENT ANOTHER 2016 DISASTER WHEN THE COMPANY ALLOWED MEDDLING AND
    ANOTHER 2016 DISASTER WHEN THE COMPANY ALLOWED MEDDLING AND FAKE INFORMATION TO FRED.
    COMPANY ALLOWED MEDDLING AND FAKE INFORMATION TO FRED. >> WE WERE SLOW IN IDENTIFYING
    FAKE INFORMATION TO FRED. >> WE WERE SLOW IN IDENTIFYING THE RUSSIAN MEDDLING OPERATIONS
    >> WE WERE SLOW IN IDENTIFYING THE RUSSIAN MEDDLING OPERATIONS IN 2016.
    THE RUSSIAN MEDDLING OPERATIONS IN 2016. >> Reporter: FACEBOOK CLAIMS THE
    IN 2016. >> Reporter: FACEBOOK CLAIMS THE INVESTMENT IS PAYING OFF, SAYING
    >> Reporter: FACEBOOK CLAIMS THE INVESTMENT IS PAYING OFF, SAYING IT'S FOUND ACCOUNTS FROM RUSSIA,
    INVESTMENT IS PAYING OFF, SAYING IT'S FOUND ACCOUNTS FROM RUSSIA, IRAN AND INSIDE THE U.S.
    IT'S FOUND ACCOUNTS FROM RUSSIA, IRAN AND INSIDE THE U.S. TARGETING USERS IN RECENT
    IRAN AND INSIDE THE U.S. TARGETING USERS IN RECENT MONTHS.
    TARGETING USERS IN RECENT MONTHS. REDDIT, ANOTHER POWERFUL SOCIAL
    MONTHS. REDDIT, ANOTHER POWERFUL SOCIAL NETWORK, IS IN THE FIGHT, TOO.
    REDDIT, ANOTHER POWERFUL SOCIAL NETWORK, IS IN THE FIGHT, TOO. IS REDDIT READY FOR THE MID
    NETWORK, IS IN THE FIGHT, TOO. IS REDDIT READY FOR THE MID TERMS?
    IS REDDIT READY FOR THE MID TERMS? >> I THINK SO.
    TERMS? >> I THINK SO. I THINK SO.
    >> I THINK SO. I THINK SO. >> Reporter: REDDIT IS A
    I THINK SO. >> Reporter: REDDIT IS A BREEDING GROUND FOR CONSPIRACY
    >> Reporter: REDDIT IS A BREEDING GROUND FOR CONSPIRACY THEORIES, VIOLENT THREATS AND
    BREEDING GROUND FOR CONSPIRACY THEORIES, VIOLENT THREATS AND RACISM THAT UNFOLD IN REAL LIFE,
    THEORIES, VIOLENT THREATS AND RACISM THAT UNFOLD IN REAL LIFE, LIKE THE CHARLOTTESVILLE UNITE
    RACISM THAT UNFOLD IN REAL LIFE, LIKE THE CHARLOTTESVILLE UNITE THE RIGHT RALLY LAST YEAR,
    LIKE THE CHARLOTTESVILLE UNITE THE RIGHT RALLY LAST YEAR, MAKING ITS EFFORTS EVEN MORE
    THE RIGHT RALLY LAST YEAR, MAKING ITS EFFORTS EVEN MORE CRITICAL.
    MAKING ITS EFFORTS EVEN MORE CRITICAL. >> WE'VE SPUN OFF A COUPLE OF
    CRITICAL. >> WE'VE SPUN OFF A COUPLE OF TEAMS THIS YEAR SPECIFICALLY TO
    >> WE'VE SPUN OFF A COUPLE OF TEAMS THIS YEAR SPECIFICALLY TO WORK ON THIS PROBLEM, ON THE
    TEAMS THIS YEAR SPECIFICALLY TO WORK ON THIS PROBLEM, ON THE DATA SIDE AND ENGINEERING SIDE
    WORK ON THIS PROBLEM, ON THE DATA SIDE AND ENGINEERING SIDE TO FIND PEOPLE, WHETHER IT'S
    DATA SIDE AND ENGINEERING SIDE TO FIND PEOPLE, WHETHER IT'S STATE-SPONSORED OR NOT,
    TO FIND PEOPLE, WHETHER IT'S STATE-SPONSORED OR NOT, ATTEMPTING TO MANIPULATE REDDIT.
    STATE-SPONSORED OR NOT, ATTEMPTING TO MANIPULATE REDDIT. >> Reporter: THEY CEO SAID THEY
    ATTEMPTING TO MANIPULATE REDDIT. >> Reporter: THEY CEO SAID THEY FOUND 1,000 QUESTIONABLE RUSSIAN
    >> Reporter: THEY CEO SAID THEY FOUND 1,000 QUESTIONABLE RUSSIAN ACCOUNTS BUT FACEBOOK'S RECENTLY
    FOUND 1,000 QUESTIONABLE RUSSIAN ACCOUNTS BUT FACEBOOK'S RECENTLY DEPARTED SECURITY OFFICER ALEX
    ACCOUNTS BUT FACEBOOK'S RECENTLY DEPARTED SECURITY OFFICER ALEX STAMOS SAYS WINNING WILL REQUIRE
    DEPARTED SECURITY OFFICER ALEX STAMOS SAYS WINNING WILL REQUIRE MORE GOVERNMENT OPERATION.
    STAMOS SAYS WINNING WILL REQUIRE MORE GOVERNMENT OPERATION. >> THE UNITED STATES COULD DO
    MORE GOVERNMENT OPERATION. >> THE UNITED STATES COULD DO BETTER.
    >> THE UNITED STATES COULD DO BETTER. THE ISSUE IS WE HAVE ORGANIZED
    BETTER. THE ISSUE IS WE HAVE ORGANIZED FOREIGN GROUPS WHOSE ENTIRE
    THE ISSUE IS WE HAVE ORGANIZED FOREIGN GROUPS WHOSE ENTIRE DESIRE IS TO MESS WITH THE
    FOREIGN GROUPS WHOSE ENTIRE DESIRE IS TO MESS WITH THE ELECTION.
    DESIRE IS TO MESS WITH THE ELECTION. >> Reporter: AN UPHILL BATTLE TO
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