It’s election season in the United States, which means its election interference season as well. On Tuesday, Facebook announced that it had thwarted two campaigns — one linked to Russian military intelligence and another to Iranian state-owned media — aimed at influencing voters in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Latin America and the Middle East. Also on Tuesday, Twitter said it removed 284 Iranian accounts for engaging in coordinated manipulation. This comes a day after Microsoft announced it had foiled Russian cyberattacks targeting conservative groups in the U.S. On Sunday, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton warned that China might join Russia in attempting to sway voters ahead of U.S. midterm elections in November.
But the U.S. isn’t the only target. In Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen said increased Chinese pressure on the island was intended to manipulate voters ahead of its own local elections in November. There’s no reason to expect this issue to go away anyti