PASCO COUNTY, Florida – Whether you search Facebook or Twitter, you won’t find Pasco County’s election officer.
“The internet brought us together, but social media is tearing us apart,” said Brian Corley, the Pasco County’s election officer.
Quoting well-known cybersecurity analyst Clint Watts, Corley believes that social media is a vehicle for misinformation and he doesn’t want any part of it.
“We would post innocuous posts and it would essentially be kidnapped by political and partisan squabbles, ”Corley said.
Last year, the Mueller Report and the governor himself identified at least two Florida counties that were hacked in the 2016 election.
“Russia interfered in our election, how did you do it? Basically it was a huge mission, they used social media against us, ”he said.
He says their goal has been to polarize the nation and undermine voter confidence – two things that are clearly happening right now.
“Questioning the legitimacy of our choice is not productive and quite detrimental to our democracy,” Corley said.
He says other countries are now playing a role in false narratives that aim to divide, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
“Now it’s China, we’re being told by the Ministry of Homeland Security, it’s North Korea, it’s Iran. Domestic groups are manipulating content,” Corley said.
He says if you want information on elections, you can go to their information website, OR give them a call.