Mark Zuckerberg is 'sure' that Russia is using Facebook to meddle in the US mid-term elections

Mark Zuckerberg is 'sure' that Russia is using Facebook to meddle in the US mid-term elections

Mark Zuckerberg


Mark Zuckerberg interviewed on CNN.

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed Russian meddling efforts in a CNN interview.
  • He said he is "sure" Russian entities are trying to interfere with the 2018 mid-terms.
  • He promised increased efforts to stop the state, but said it was a never-ending task.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is convinced that Russia is using his platform to try to meddle in the upcoming US mid-term elections - and says staying ahead of disruptive actors is a challenge that will never be complete.

In an interview with CNN, Zuckerberg said it was inevitable that "version two of whatever the Russian effort was in 2016" is currently underway on his platform.

He said he was hiring thousands of extra security experts to try to guarantee the integrity of his platform, but acknowledged that there will never be a point at which Facebook is definitely completely safe.

Here is the Russia exchange in full:


CNN's Laurie Segall: Do you think that bad actors are using Facebook at this moment to meddle with the U.S. midterm elections?

Zuckerberg: I'm sure someone's trying. Right? I'm sure that there's V2, version two of whatever the Russian effort was in 2016, I'm sure they're working on that and there are going to be some new tactics that we need to make sure that we observe and get in front of --

Segall: Do you know what the -- speaking of getting in front of them, do you know what they are?

Zuckerberg: Yes, and I think we have some sense of the different things that we need to get in front of and we have a lot of different folks in the company, both building technology and, a lot of this stuff requires people to review things and that's one of the big commitments that we've made this year is to double the number of people working on security at the company. We're going to have 20,000 people working on security and content review in this company by the end of this year.

We have about 15,000 people working on security and content review now. So I think the combination of building the right tools to identify different patterns across all of our products and having people to review them at the scale and speed that we need is going to be a good formula, but you know, security isn't a problem that you ever fully solve. You can get to the level where you're better than your adversaries and they continue evolving, so we're going to be working on this forever, as long as this community remains an important thing in the world.



Now the reality is with a community of two billion people, I can't promise that we're going to find everything. But what I can commit to is that we're going to make it as hard as possible for these adversaries to do that and I think that we're going to do a much better job.

Zuckerberg addressed the Russia question alongside the Cambridge Analytica scandal which has plunged his social network into crisis.

After days of criticism for inaction, Zuckerberg outlined new steps to stop user data being misused by unscrupulous developers, and pledged to win back users' trust in the wake of details of an enormous data breach being made public.

Read Business Insider's full coverage of the Mark Zuckerberg's media blitz here.