September 21, 2017#markzuckerberg vows to avoid future #russian interference. #russia #uselection Click To Tweet
Facebook recently faced public criticism after announcing that it found 3,000 politically divisive ads from Russia disguised as US accounts. The ads, which violated Facebook’s ad policies, contained controversial topics such as LGBTQ, race, immigration, and gun rights. In response to public outcry, CEO Mark Zuckerberg listed the steps he’s taking to avoid future Russian interference.
- All advertisers must publicly disclose which Facebook page paid for an ad.
- All Facebook pages will show all ads currently running to any audience. (This feature will roll out in a few months.)
- All political ads will be thoroughly and carefully reviewed.
- Facebook will hire more than 250 employees focused on security and safety.
- Facebook will expand partnerships with election commissions around the world.
- Facebook will more frequently share threat information with other tech and security companies.
- Facebook will create more services to protect the online community.
- Facebook will engage in political discourse.
- Facebook will create anti-bullying systems to protect against political harassment.
- Facebook is currently ensuring the same Russian interference isn’t occurring in the German election. (Facebook thus far has not seen any interference.)
Currently, the 3,000 Russian ads are in the hands of special counsel Robert Mueller after a search warrant forced Facebook to surrender the ads. Facebook is now cooperating with the US government to investigate Russian interference during the US presidential election. Due to protocol, Facebook can’t disclose sensitive information about the ongoing investigation.
The 3,000 politically divisive ads from Russia come as a third blow to the media company since it is already under fire for the dissemination of fake news that people speculate helped Donald Trump win the presidency and for the targeting options that targeted “jew haters.”
Although Facebook can’t stop all Russian interference and fake news from corrupting its platform, Zuckerberg vows to make it a lot harder.