Facebook CEO’s remarks come after allegations of a major data breach by Cambridge Analytica linked to Trump’s presidential campaign.
Amidst all the controversy regarding the data leak by a certain British firm, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence to clarify that his company is working on boosting the security features of the social media platform ahead of the elections in India. The comments come after Zuckerberg admitted to having made mistakes in the past by saying a breach of trust has happened.
The Facebook CEO revealed in an interview to CNN that attempts have been made in the past by countries like Russia to interfere with the elections held in the United States. Zuckerberg added by mentioning the AI tools that had been deployed to identify and remove fake accounts that tried manipulating news and thus influencing the elections.
Zuckerberg said “We have a responsibility to do this, not only for the 2018 midterms in the U.S., which are going to be a huge deal this year and that's just a huge focus for us but there's a big election in India this year, there's a big election in Brazil, there are big elections around the world, and you can bet that we are really committed to doing everything that we need to make sure that the integrity of those elections on Facebook is secured”.
He also mentioned that “Russian bots” were also involved in attempts to influence the 2017 French elections and also the polls for the Alabama Senate. Zuckerberg clarified that his company needs to up its game if it plans to match up to the efforts of Russia and other governments in being more sophisticated in election interference.
The reference to Indian elections came after India had warned Facebook of “stringent” action for having allowed data theft. The warning was the result of the attack on Congress by BJP as the former is accused of hiring Cambridge Analytica for harvesting users’ private data without their knowledge.
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