And I wanna start today by talking of protecting something that is really incredibly important to all of us, and that is the integrity of our elections.
In 2016, we were slow to identify Russian interference.
We expected more traditional cyber attacks, like phishing, and malware, and hacking.
And we identified those, and notified the right people.
But we didn't expect These coordinated information operations and large networks of fake accounts that we're now aware of.
So I sat down with our teams after this and we said we will never be unprepared for this again And since then there have been important elections like the French presidential election, the German elections, the Alabama senate special election last year and we've been more prepared.
We deployed new AI tools and took down tens of thousands of fake accounts before they could do anything.
We've traced the fake account network back to Russia and taken down their network.
We're doing more.
We're requiring everyone running political and issue ads or running large pages to be verified with a government ID.
We're making ads more transparent.
So now you're gonna be able to see who is running a political ad, who they're targeting, how much they're spending, and most importantly What other messages they're sending to different people.
That is a higher standard of transparency than TV ads, than print ads, or anything else you will find on the Internet.
By the end of this year, we will have 20,000 people working on security and content review at Facebook.
And we've created an independent election research commission.
So, independent academics can give us ideas and hold us accountable to make sure that these systems work.
And this is an important election year.
Not only in the big US midterms that are coming up, but there are major elections around the world.
In Mexico and Brazil, there are elections coming up in India and Pakistan and more.
And we are focused on this.