UPDATED 10:49 AM PT — Tuesday, January 29, 2019
U.S. intelligence chiefs are continuing to warn of possible Russian interference ahead of the 2020 elections. On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia would likely “refine” its attempts to use social media to influence U.S. elections.
This comes after the intelligence community found Russian operatives successfully used platforms like Facebook and Twitter to run misinformation campaigns in the 2016 presidential election.
The director of the National Security Agency — General Paul Nakasone — also spoke on the steps taken to protect U.S. democracy.
“They looked at an internal study with a number of social media groups, which is something, — as you know — is is outside our authorities, but was very, very effective for us,” stated General Nakasone. “As we prepared for the 2018 midterm, we took a very very close look at the information that was provided there, we understood our adversary very well and we understood where their vulnerabilities also lie.”
FBI officials said they are now working more closely with social media platforms to prevent similar “misinformation campaigns.”