Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a group of EU officials Tuesday that the social network is working to prevent a repeat of the alleged Russian campaign to interfere with the US presidential election in 2016.
"A lot of important elections are coming up," Zuckerberg said to. "This is one of our top priorities as a company, that we prevent anyone from being able to interfere in elections like the Russians did in the US elections."
Election interference in the US involved the creation of fake Facebook accounts and pages, which, in addition to organizing real-life events in the United States.
Zuckerberg's comments are, when he said it was a "pretty crazy idea" that fake news may have swayed the election. The remark that Facebook wasn't take the situation seriously enough. During a conference call with reporters last week, Zuckerberg said the comment was a mistake.
"What is clear at this point is that it was too flippant," he said.
Facebook has been ramping up its efforts to flag false news and put it in context for users as the 2018 midterm elections in the US approach. Facebook said last week it will begin fact-checking videos and photos -- not just links to written articles. Right now, Facebook is working with the Agence France-Presse to launch the effort in France, but will expand it further soon.
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