Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former security chief on Wednesday published a blog post:“It’s Too Late to Protect the 2018 Elections. But Here’s How the U.S. Can Prepare for 2020,” Stamos zeroed in on the news that Facebook removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and Iran. Additionally, Microsoft revealed that websites connected to Russian hacking attempts on U.S. political groups have been removed.
“The revelations are evidence that Russia has not been deterred and that Iran is following in its footsteps. This underlines a sobering reality: America’s adversaries believe that it is still both safe and effective to attack U.S. democracy using American technologies and the freedoms we cherish.”
Alex Stamos expressed regret that the U.S. hasn’t taken the issue of information warfare seriously enough, which, he says, has caused countries like Iran to begin adopting Russia’s tactics. He also acknowledged his role in causing the misinformation to spread, admitting that Facebook failed to adequately prepare for the onslaught.
He recommended that Congress set legal standards around misinformation and setting guidelines for voter databases.
Stamos also wrote:
“Americans need to collectively decide how finely political influence campaigns should be allowed to divvy up the electorate, even when those campaigns are domestically run and otherwise completely legal.”
It was also recommended that the U.S. government should create an independent cybersecurity agency, modeled off of countries like France and Germany. He further recommends that each state should take responsibility for the integrity of elections, building election security teams to oversee local processes.
A bipartisan bill to do just that has been stalled because, for reasons unknown, the White House opposes the measures.