Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, FB talks up

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out about Russian interference in the 2016 US elections. He said that Facebook found fake accounts linking to Russian running ads on Facebook, Zuckerberg said in his post just today.

Russian interference in the 2016 US elections made headlines when the US National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of investigation, and the Central Intelligence Agency jointly concluded that Russia interfered in the US elections. The alleged interference made Donald Trump president of the United States.

On his Facebook page, Mark Zuckerberg said that his Facebook team was actively working with the United States government. He further explained that Facebook has been investigating the Russian interference issue for months.  He also said that for a while they had found no evidence to link Russia to the 2016 US elections interference issue but today.

… When we recently uncovered this activity [fake accounts linking to Russian running ads], we provided that information to the special counsel. We also briefed Congress—and this morning I directed our team to provide the ads we’ve found to Congress as well. As a general rule, we are limited in what we can discuss publicly about law enforcement investigations, so we may not always be able to share our findings publicly. But we support Congress in deciding how to best use this information to inform the public, and we expect the government to publish its findings when their investigation is complete.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

The future of fake accounts on Facebook

The co-founder of Facebook believes in the integrity of elections is fundamental to democracy. The reason why Facebook has been implementing the possible tightest security measures designed to prevent interference in the US elections.

As Facebook came to believe in what it had found, it appeared it concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 US elections. Facebook also shut down thousands of fake accounts in many countries. Consistent with its promise and dedication to preventing elections interference, especially in recent French elections, Facebook discovered fake accounts and shut them down. RQJ


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