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Mark Zuckerberg ‘confident’ Facebook can stop attempts to influence US elections

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LONDON: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg mentioned Thursday he was “pretty confident” his firm may assist forestall attempts to influence the political consequence of the US presidential election later this yr.

Zuckerberg advised the BBC in an interview that the social community was higher ready to counter on-line misinformation campaigns however admitted Facebook was “behind” throughout the 2016 election which Donald Trump received.

“Countries are going to continue to try and interfere and we are going to see issues like that but we have learnt a lot since 2016 and I feel pretty confident that we are going to be able to protect the integrity of the upcoming elections,” he mentioned.

Zuckerberg described stopping electoral interference as a “little bit of an arms race” towards international locations akin to Russia, Iran and China.

“We don’t want other governments to try and interfere in elections, so regardless of how effective that is I view it as our job to work with everyone we can to stop that from happening,” he added.

Facebook has been accused of serving to Trump win by misinformation that was posted by international governments on-line.

In testimony to the US Senate in October 2017, Facebook mentioned Russia-backed content material reached as many as 126 million Americans on its platform throughout and after the 2016 vote.

It mentioned it believed there have been 120 pretend Russian-backed pages which created 80,000 posts across the time of the marketing campaign between Trump and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Quizzed about Facebook’s strategy to misinformation throughout the present coronavirus pandemic, he mentioned the corporate would take away content material that will end in “immediate harm” to any person.

Facebook took down a declare by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro that scientists had “proved” there was a treatment for coronavirus.

“That is obviously not true and so we took it down. It doesn’t matter who says it,” Zuckerberg mentioned.

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