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Facebook creates its “Investigative Operations Team”

Facebook creates the cyber experts group, called the “Investigative Operations Team”, to spot vulnerabilities in its system before bad actors exploit them

Facebook hired a team of ex-intelligence officers, researchers, and media buyers to spot vulnerabilities in its system before bad actors exploit them. The news has been reported by BuzzFeed News. This group of cyber experts is called the “Investigative Operations Team” and has directed its members to find the worst possible things that can be done using the social media platform, and to help the company prevent them. In particular the team is testing Facebook’s advertising systems, pages, Instagram, Messenger, and more. Facebook told BuzzFeed News the experts are searching for troubling behavior in countries like Myanmar, examining keywords and other signals that could be used to promote violence. And it’s investigating Facebook’s merchant tools, attempting to spot problematic product sales.

Lynda Talgo to BuzzFeed News: The job of the Intelligence Team is to “look forward and figure out what’s coming around the corner”

“What we have now is a series of people who are truly looking for how could you possibly do something wrong,” Facebook Business Integrity Director Lynda Talgo told BuzzFeed News. Because the team is still being built out, she declined to specify the number of people on it, or the bad activity it’s found to date. “Their entire job is to look forward and figure out what’s coming around the corner. Speaking from my own experiences and my colleagues that I talk with in this field, it definitely seems like there’s a broader responsibility across the board that we all feel,” Talgo said. The team originated last year, when company executives admitted internally what was painfully clear from the outside: Its problem wasn’t simply that it missed a few bad actors determined to exploit its system, but rather that it never anticipated such egregious abuses in the first place.

Facebook is the last social media platform to hire a cyber security experts team to counter the threats. Google and Twitter already did

Facebook is the last of the social media platform that create a special cyber Intelligence team to close its vulnerabilities and prevent and counter bad behaviour on its systems. Some other giants of the web already did it.  Google, for instance, has set up an “Intelligence Desk” at YouTube meant to detect controversial content before it mushrooms into crisis. And Twitter recently started limiting the visibility of tweets from people whose behavior indicates they might be trying to game its system.

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