The Democratic National Committee’s chief technology officer, Raffi Krikorian, wants Facebook to tell the DNC, and the Republican National Committee, which audiences had been fed misinformation.
Who is Raffi Krikorian?
Krikorian is a former Uber executive who was brought onto the staff of the DNC after the 2016 election. Krikorian reportedly has been working to increase security at the DNC.
What does he want Facebook to do?
Krikorian, who said that the Democratic Party’s current relationship with Facebook and Twitter was “okay, not as great as we want,” told CNN:
What we would love to do is give every campaign [something] like a weather report to tell every campaign what is being said on social media in the morning and how they can combat it.
In Krikorian’s vision, Facebook would reveal what audiences (but not, notably, what individuals) had seen Russian disinformation campaigns. For example, if students at a university saw that information the names of the individual students would be kept hidden, but the DNC (or RNC) would be notified and could supply that specific market with what they believed to be more accurate information.
“I’d love to know what type of audiences were these hundreds of thousands of people,” he said, “because we want to talk to them.”
TheBlaze has reached out to the RNC for their thoughts on Krikorian’s idea, but has not received a response.
How did Facebook respond?
In a statement to CNN, Facebook avoided directly addressing Krikorian’s comments but said:
We have been in touch with the DNC dozens of times over the past months to both share information and solicit feedback about our election security and political ad transparency efforts. The open invitation we made to the organization to hear their suggestions, address their concerns or schedule a briefing still stands.