October 05, 2017

Advisory: Tech Companies Go to Washington: “Factual Democracy Project” Hosts Call on Social Media and Russian Interference in 2016 Election

WASHINGTON — With Facebook, Google and Twitter set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Nov. 1, Factual Democracy Project will host a press call at 1 PM TUESDAY, OCT 10 to discuss why social media companies are so easily exploited, what Americans (regardless of political affiliation) expect tech companies to do about it, and how Americans can make their voices heard before the congressional hearings.

The call comes just after McClatchyDC reported on new polling conducted exclusively for Factual Democracy Project which showed that Americans remain surprisingly aware — and strongly disapprove — of how the platform enabled Russians to use paid media and fake news to influence American voters in the most recent election. Read more on that polling here.

To register for the call click here.

Moderated by Obama 2012 veteran Melissa Ryan, panelists include:

  • Sam Jeffers, Who Targets Me. Who Targets Me already does what Facebook is promising to do and more. Sam has a keen understanding of how voters are targeted on social media. A former senior-level consultant for Blue State Digital, he has extensive campaign experience;
  • Delip Rao, Fake News Challenge. Fake News Challenge explores “how artificial intelligence technologies, particularly machine learning and natural language processing, might be leveraged to combat the fake news problem.” Rao’s OpEd about how technology can stop fake news was published in the Seattle Times;
  • Elizabeth Beavers, Indivisible. Elizabeth directs Indivisible’s work to advocate for a progressive foreign policy and protect the rights and liberties that are too often threatened in the name of national security.

Factual Democracy Project brings together experts that span tech, media, national security and civil society groups to explain how to fight back against efforts that use fake news — propaganda, disinformation and misinformation to disrupt our elections and our Democracy.

A spinoff of Ryan’s weekly 5,000 reader weekly newsletter, Ctrl Alt Right Delete, Factual Democracy Project was crowdfunded with more than $23,000 of seed funding from 256 donors..

Melissa Ryan is the Founder of Factual Democracy Project and the author of the Ctrl Alt Right Delete weekly newsletter. She’s spent a decade leading digital campaigns for nonprofits and political races, including EMILY’s List, Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, the New Organizing Institute, and Senator Russ Feingold.

Ryan is an expert on the intersection of politics, media, and technology. She’s often called on by conference organizers and the press to speak on these topics. Visit her website at melissaryan.net or follow her on Twitter @MelissaRyan.

Contact: press@factualdemocracy.com
Oct. 5 2017