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Meta to set up team to counter disinformation, AI abuse in E.U. elections

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Facebook owner Meta will set up a team to tackle disinformation and the abuse of generative artificial intelligence in the run-up to European Parliament elections in June amid concerns about election interference and misleading AI-generated content.


The rapid growth of generative AI, which can create text, images and video in seconds in response to prompts, has triggered fears that the new technology could be used to disrupt major elections across the world this year.


European Parliament elections will take place June 6-9. Its 720 lawmakers, together with E.U. governments, pass new E.U. policies and laws.


“As the election approaches, we’ll activate an Elections Operations Center to identify potential threats and put mitigations in place in real time,” Marco Pancini, Meta’s head of E.U. affairs, said in a blogpost.