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Zuckerberg Announces Facebook's Plans To Combat Election Interference

The company will aid the U.S. government's investigations into Russian election interference.
Posted at 10:06 PM, Sep 21, 2017

"I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy. That's not what we stand for," Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday

After Facebook revealed Russia-linked political ads were spread improperly on its site, Zuckerberg laid out the company's nine-step plan to combat election interference — not just in the U.S., but around the world. The first two steps involved the ongoing investigations by both Facebook and the U.S. government into what happened during the 2016 presidential election.

"We are actively working with the U.S. government with its ongoing investigations into Russian interference," Zuckerberg said. "We will continue our own investigation into what happened on Facebook in this election."

Earlier this month, special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly obtained the ads for his investigation into Russian election interference. 

Beyond that, Facebook's plans also include: changing how political ads are shown and bought, strengthening security and election integrity teams, working with election commissions and other tech companies, creating more services to improve political discourse, and lastly, ensuring the integrity of Germany's upcoming elections. 

Regarding the last step, Zuckerberg said, "We have not yet found a similar type of interference effort in Germany." 

Zuckerberg's announcement comes after a group of Senate and House Democrats sent a letter to the Federal Election Commission asking it for new guidance on "illicit foreign campaign spending."