May 21, 2020

Zuckerberg: Facebook in 'arms race' against electoral interference

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has told the BBC that preventing electoral interference is an "Arms race" against countries such as Russia, Iran and China. In his first UK broadcast interview in five years, he said that Facebook had been unprepared for state-sponsored interference in 2016. On the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Zuckerberg said that while Facebook had and would remove any content that would likely result in "Immediate harm" to users it would not stop groups alleging that the infection was state sponsored or connected to the launch of the new digital 5G network. He said it had allowed Facebook to make longer-term strategic decisions which have proved to be correct such as waiting to improve the Facebook experience before launching it on smartphones and not selling out early to rivals. After many years of courting controversy and opprobrium, it seems clear that Facebook and Mr Zuckerberg are feeling more confident about their public roles.

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