Facebook’s Secret Weapon for Fighting Election Interference: The Government

Facebook Inc. had one major victory in the midterm elections: securing help from the government to keep foreign influence campaigns at bay.

As recently as September, the cooperation seemed difficult to achieve. While Facebook knew it would be held responsible for stopping the spread of misinformation, especially from foreign fake accounts, the company was nervous that it wouldn’t be able to deliver on that promise without help from U.S. authorities, people familiar with the matter said at the time.

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