Fake facebook accounts can affect elections in Pakistan: Zuckerberg

Fake facebook accounts can affect elections in Pakistan: Zuckerberg

WASHINGTON(web desk): Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerburg expressed fear that fake accounts could affect the election process in Pakistan.

Zuckerberg has said that 2018 is an incredibly important year for elections, not just with the US midterms, but around the world. There are important elections in India, in Brazil, in Mexico, in Pakistan, and in Hungary”. Adding that protecting the integrity of elections was the top priority of the company.

Zuckerberg stated this during his first of two hearings before Congress on Tuesday while responding to questions regarding the harvesting of around 87 million Facebook users’ data by Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that had run Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016

He added, “We want to make sure we do everything we can to protect the integrity of those elections.”

Confident Zuckerberg said that the company has new artificial intelligence tools to identify the bogus accounts and revealed that the social networking giant was going to hire more 20,000 workers to ensure security and review the content by the end of this year.

Talking about the data breach, the chief executive in his opening remarks said accepted responsibility for the social network’s failure to protect data of its users and manipulation of the platform that apparently helped Donald Trump occupy the Oval office in 2016.

“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry,” Zuckerberg said.

“I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”

Facebook said in March it had suspended the accounts of Cambridge Analytica and its parent company claiming that it would investigate all applications that had gotten access to large amounts of data.

The scandal hit the headlines and Facebook on March 17, with the firm facing a loss over $70 billion in the market in just ten days.

 

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