EU elections face threat of “digital arms race”

Oct 24, 2018, 5:40 AM EDT
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The European Commission has warned that an ongoing “digital arms race,” driven by foreign and corporate players, poses a serious threat to free and democratic elections for the European Parliament next year.

The commission cited the Cambridge Analytica scandal involving Facebook as “a wake-up call,” urging the EU governments to set up a pan-European network to monitor election campaigning on social media and other online platforms and to enforce rules and regulations to govern campaigning in the digital world, writes The Guardian.

The concerns from the European Commission came amid reports that Facebook and Twitter didn’t detect any signs of China attempting to sway the 2018 U.S. elections, reports Reuters.