Former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” Thursday night and had a lot to say about the role of Facebook in spreading fake news.
“We may have our disagreements among Americans, [but] we’re not going to let the Russians come in and divide us. And so, we’re going to make Facebook own up to everything. They’ve just begun to own up. They have a long way to go before they get to where they need to be, in my opinion,” Clinton told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
“Other tech companies … we’re going to go after these provocateurs, these Russians posing as Americans, these content farms in Macedonia, these thousand trolls, these tens of thousands of bots. Because you know what? We have every right to have a rigorous debate in America, but we don’t want it being interfered with and suborned by Putin and his allies,” she continued.
Her comments follow Facebook’s discovery last week that 470 inauthentic accounts spent $100,000 to purchase more than 3,000 ads during the presidential campaign.
“We know we have to stay vigilant to keep ahead of people who try to misuse our platform,” Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos said in a statement last week. “We believe in protecting the integrity of civic discourse, and require advertisers on our platform to follow both our policies and all applicable laws. We also care deeply about the authenticity of the connections people make on our platform.”
The Daily Beast reported last week that Russian nationals even used Facebook to promote rallies, including one anti-immigration protest.
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