Facebook Cannot Guarantee Interference-Free EU Elections: Zuckerberg

Chastened since suspected Russian operatives utilized Facebook along with other social media to affect an election that surprisingly brought Donald Trump to power in the United States, Facebook has stated it has ploughed staff and resources into safeguarding the May 26 EU vote.

Zuckerberg said there’d been a lot of important elections because 2016 who have been comparatively clean and demonstrated that the defences it’s built up to protect their integrity.

“We have certainly made a great deal of progress… But no, I do not think anyone can guarantee in a world in which you have nation states which are trying to interfere in elections, there’s no single thing we could do and say okay we’ve solved the issue,” Zuckerberg told Irish national broadcaster RTE in a meeting.

“This is an ongoing arms race where we’re constantly building up our defences and these sophisticated governments are also evolving their strategies.”

US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia conducted a disinformation and hacking operation to undermine the American democratic process and help Republican Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Under pressure from EU authorities to do more to guard against foreign meddling in the bloc’s forthcoming legislative election, Facebook toughened its rules on political advertisements in Europe last week.

In addition, it announced plans to ramp up efforts to fight misinformation before the vote and will associate with German news agency DPA to improve its reality checking.

“Here in the EU for the coming elections we’re bringing the entire battery of each one of the tools and strategies that worked very well in a lot of significant elections thus far so I’ve a lot of confidence,” Zuckerberg said during a trip to Dublin, home to Facebook’s international headquarters.

“But I believe that we should anticipate that for a number of those countries that are out there that are attempting to interfere, they are only going to continue trying, so we will need to keep ahead of this and continue doing this work so as to stay ahead”